• A near tragedy turned into Christm
of thanksgiving for the Hil- liards. Jean, center, survived six hours in the snow despite showing
Woman, 19, baffles doctors
Frozen ordeal has h
By Ryan Bakken
Herald State Editor
FOSSTON, Minn. - Jean Hilliard's shallow reaths eased out two or three to a minute. Her ieart beat faintly eight times a minute.
Upon first sight that frigid morning of Dec.
0, everyone's first impression of Jean Hilliard vas the same: She is dead
'The 19-year-old Lengby, Minn., woman had nore than a brush with death -she had a allision
But now she rests comfortably in Fosston funicipal Hospital, the same normal, appy-go-lucky git] she was before," according to nother Bernice. The near-fatal run-in with the lements turned into 'a very special Christmas or the Hilliards, realizing how lucky we are.""
Jean was driving home from visiting a friend
when the family car skidded on ice and became trapped in a snowbank. She sought shelter from the 22 below zero temperatures. She wore mittens and a winter coat, but left her hat behind.
'That's because she saw a farmhouse only a short distance away. But no one was home. Nor was anyone home at the second farm.
She headed for Wally Nelson's home two miles from the marooned car.
She -didn't make it. She collapsed and lay in the snow for six hours, She was found by Nelson at a.m, as he headed for work at the Fosston
Locker Plant.
"What a shocker it was,"" Nelson said. ""There she lay - and only 15 feet from my door. Her face was pulpstick ghost-like and her body was stiff as pulpstick
heard figured slight she was moan. I dead. But rushed her then to I thought heard a slight moan. I rushed her to the hosuital
almost no signs of life. Jean is with her mother, Ber
this newspaper carried al
concerning the
ordeal which Jean Hi
went through after hav
the open
country after having had car
trouble. The above picture is
a follow-up which appeared
in the Sunday edition of the
Grand Forks Herald.
been marooned
Photography: Vickie Kettlewell
and father,
appy ending
Jean was slid into the back seat. None of her joints would bend
Nelson noted her persistence. "You could see where she had crawled the last few feet before collapsing. You could also see where she had fallen three or four times from the mailbox,
'one-eighth of a mile down the road.""
Dr. George Sather was called to the hospital.
"I thought she was dead," he said. ""But then we picked up an extremely faint whimper. We knew there was a person existing there then."
But the survival chances were deemed slim.
Her temperature didn't even register on the thermometer. That meant it was under 88 degrees, more than 10 degrees below normal,
Her pupils were "lated. Her eyeballs were frozen solid. Her feet'Were frozen in the shape of her boots.
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