Narrow Escapes and Lucky Breaks: The World's Most Amazing True Stories of Cheating Death and Surviving Against the Odds by Irene Thompson
Some of these stories are funny, some are dramatic, and others are heartwarming. Janet Larson was on her way to a New Orleans hospital to donate a kidney to her sick sister, buying her crucial time until a replacement could be found. By chance she sat next to Allen Van Meader, a man about to visit another hospital where his 25-year-old nephew was dying from an accidental gunshot wound. The pair discovered that by chance the organ would be the right match for Janet's sister and she was saved. In Malta in 1941, the commanding officer on bomb-clearing duty suddenly shouted a warning. Seconds later, a buried bomb exploded, but not one soldier was injured. The officer could not explain what had made him shout out and save them all from death. Eighty days after a devastating earthquake struck Taiwan, killing 2,400 people in September 1999, a cat was discovered alive in some ruins. Dehydrated and barely breathing, it had lost half its body weight, but made a full recovery. This is the longest post-earthquake survival by a cat.