Skip to comments.Japanese man in virtual 'hibernation' survives 3 weeks without food or water
Posted on 12/20/2006 6:54:40 AM PST by canuck_conservative
TOKYO (AP) - A man who went missing in western Japan survived in near-freezing weather without food and water for over three weeks by falling into a state similar to hibernation, doctors said.
Mitsutaka Uchikoshi had almost no pulse, his organs had all but shut down and his body temperature was 71 degrees Fahrenheit or about 21.6 Celsius when he was discovered on Rokko mountain in late October, said doctors who treated him at the nearby Kobe City General Hospital. He had been missing for 24 days.
"On the second day, the sun was out, I was in a field, and I felt very comfortable. That's my last memory," Uchikoshi, 35, told reporters Tuesday before returning home from hospital. "I must have fallen asleep after that."
Doctors believe Uchikoshi, a city official from neighbouring Nishinomiya who was visiting the mountain for a barbecue party, tripped and later lost consciousness in a remote mountainous area.
His body temperature soon plunged as he lay in 10-degree Celsius weather, greatly slowing down his metabolism.
"(Uchikoshi) fell into a state similar to hibernation and many of his organs slowed, but his brain was protected," said Dr. Shinichi Sato, head of the hospital's emergency unit. "I believe his brain capacity has recovered 100 per cent. "
Uchikoshi was treated for severe hypothermia, multiple organ failure and blood loss from his fall, but was unlikely to experience any lasting ill effects, Sato said.
Doctors were still uncertain how exactly Uchikoshi survived for weeks with his metabolism almost at a standstill.
In animals like squirrels or bears, hibernation reduces the amount of oxygen that cells need to survive, protecting the brain and other organs from damage.
© The Canadian Press 2006
Then there is hope for the Hood Climbers.........
Hibernation???? = hypothermia. Bears hibernate. Sorry, but this just doesn't make sense. I'd like to hear about him six months from now.
Yeah, somehow I think the entire story is not being told.
So, he was just laying out exposed to the weather and hungry animals and insects for 3 weeks? Sure, and I have a bridge for sale.
They said *similar* to hibernation.
71 degrees?! I am very sceptical. This COULD, I suppose, be an anomoly amongst human beings, but if everything is as stated in this article, he should be dead. I think there is more to this story.
I read that this guy also had a bottle of barbeque sauce and rationed that for a few days along with water.
in near-freezing weather without water for over three weeks ...
Another inadequately prepared mountain clymer. Is this technically an epidemic yet?
his body temperature was 71 degrees Fahrenheit... for three weeks
Probably all the fish oil in their diet!
Now THAT's Zen...
No. It's a quagmire.
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