"The cold hard facts of freezing to death."

#Death

Fri, Jan 4th, 2013 10:00 by capnasty NEWS

Peter Stark of Outside Online, has written this recollection of what it is like to freeze to death: "first chill -- then stupor -- then the letting go."

There is no precise core temperature at which the human body perishes from cold. At Dachau's cold-water immersion baths, Nazi doctors calculated death to arrive at around 77 degrees Fahrenheit. The lowest recorded core temperature in a surviving adult is 60.8 degrees. For a child it's lower: In 1994, a two-year-old girl in Saskatchewan wandered out of her house into a minus-40 night. She was found near her doorstep the next morning, limbs frozen solid, her core temperature 57 degrees. She lived.

Others are less fortunate, even in much milder conditions. One of Europe's worst weather disasters occurred during a 1964 competitive walk on a windy, rainy English moor; three of the racers died from hypothermia, though temperatures never fell below freezing and ranged as high as 45.

But for all scientists and statisticians now know of freezing and its physiology, no one can yet predict exactly how quickly and in whom hypothermia will strike--and whether it will kill when it does. The cold remains a mystery, more prone to fell men than women, more lethal to the thin and well muscled than to those with avoirdupois, and least forgiving to the arrogant and the unaware.

  572

 

You may also be interested in:

“The temptation to move toward autonomous drones will be irresistible.”
"Due to the remoteness of the location, pieces of the wreckage could still be found at the site."
Posters of the USSR: How Not to Die at Work
The Baby Died: a Blog of Morbid Curiosities
We are all going to die...