Jan 16, 2007
You are crazy?I'm waking up.
EL Nino 厄尔尼诺
Where is the winter?
Missing man lies dormant 24 days
A JAPANESE civil servant has described how he survived for more than three weeks in a mountain forest without food or water in what doctors believe is the first known case of a human going into hibernation.
Mitsutaka Uchikoshi went missing on Mount Rokko in western Japan on October 7 after a barbecue with colleagues. Rather than joining them for the return trip by cable car, the 35-year-old decided to walk down the mountain, but lost his way, slipped in a stream and broke his pelvis.
"On the second day, the sun was out, I was in a field, and I felt very comfortable. That's my last memory," he said, soon before being discharged from Kobe City General Hospital on Tuesday. "I must have fallen asleep after that."
When a passing climber found him 24 days later, Mr Uchikoshi's body temperature had fallen to just 22 degrees, he had a barely discernible pulse and was suffering from multiple organ failure and blood loss.
Doctors who treated Mr Uchikoshi believe he lost consciousness after his fall and that his body's natural survival instincts kicked in, sending him into a state akin to hibernation as the temperature on the mountain dropped to as low as 10 degrees.
"He fell into a state similar to hibernation and many of his organs slowed, but his brain was protected," Dr Shinichi Sato, head of the hospital's emergency unit, told reporters. "I believe his brain capacity has recovered 100 per cent."
Doctors said they did not expect him to experience any lasting ill effects.
Experts say it remains unclear how he managed his extraordinary feat of survival with his metabolism almost at a standstill.
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