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The Craziest Anesthesia Awareness Horror Stories

We haven’t done a poll or anything, but we’re pretty sure that one of the biggest shared fears in the world is the possibility of waking up during surgery. The technical term for this is anesthesia awareness or intraoperative recall, and it happens to at least 1,000 patients a year in the U.S. alone. While many of the cases are benign, consisting of hazy flashbacks, up to 70 percent of patients who experience anesthesia awareness suffer from long-term psychological distress and those are the anesthesia awareness horror stories that we’ve listed here for you today.

"How’s It Going?"

"How’s It Going?" is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Craziest Anesthesia Awareness Horror Stories

A 19-year-old Polish girl, Iga Jasica, woke up during brain surgery when her anesthesia wore off and asked the doctors "How's it going?" The doctors say that even though her brain was exposed, "she didn’t feel anything and was never in danger..."

A Very Unsettling Experience

A Very Unsettling Experience is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Craziest Anesthesia Awareness Horror Stories

David Biber realized that anesthesia had little effect on him in 1972, when he required a dozen surgeries after a near-fatal car accident. During one operation, he recalls hearing the muffled sounds of a conversation. He also says he’s been aware during a colonoscopy and cataract surgery when he was supposed to be fully sedated.

Most recently, David woke during a knee surgery to see what appeared to be a pair of forceps protruding from his leg. He told Reader's Digest, "it was very unsettling."

"How Long Is This Going On?"

"How Long Is This Going On... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Craziest Anesthesia Awareness Horror Stories

After a car accident, a woman named Kelly was rushed to hip surgery and was anesthetized, but before the surgery began she could hear the doctors talking about her and knew something was wrong. She was awake, but unable to move as the surgery began, and described the surgery as feeling like a "hot poker" and being the "worst pain" she ever felt.

"I Was the Person Screaming"

"I Was the Person Screamin... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Craziest Anesthesia Awareness Horror Stories

When Anne Lord went into surgery to have a growth removed from her colon, she had a violent reaction to the anesthetic. She woke up and heard shouting. "I told whoever was screaming to shut up and was told that I was the person screaming," said Lord, 60, from her home near Besançon in France. "I had managed to get my foot out of the stirrups and kicked the surgeon in the chest and he went flying across the room on his wheeled stool."

"People Were Tearing at Me"

"People Were Tearing at Me... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Craziest Anesthesia Awareness Horror Stories

In 2004, a 60-year-old man checked in for open gastric bypass surgery and a gallbladder removal at Virginia Mason Medical Center in Seattle. In the postoperative room after the surgery, nurses asked the man whether he was in pain. “Not now,” he said, “but I was during surgery.”

He reported “unimaginable pain” and “the sensation that people were tearing at me.” According to a clinical report, he heard voices around him and “wished he were dead,” but when he tried to alert the surgical team, his body did not respond to his brain’s commands.

"I Was Screaming but No One Could Hear Me"

"I Was Screaming but No On... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Craziest Anesthesia Awareness Horror Stories

Carol Weihrer, an activist for anesthesia awareness, says that she was awake but paralyzed during eye surgery in 1998 and that she could tell her surgeon telling his trainee to "cut deeper into the eye." After the surgery she said that "I've had to sleep in a recliner for the last 16 years... If I lie flat, I get flashbacks of the operating table and I start violently thrashing."

"I Was Fighting for All I Had"

"I Was Fighting for All I ... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Craziest Anesthesia Awareness Horror Stories

In 2008, a woman woke during gallbladder surgery and realized that she was breathing through a tube and could feel the surgeon making an incision near her belly button. She said, “At that point, I was aware, I could not scream because of the breathing tube, all I could think of is I have got to move some way; I was fighting for all I had in my mind to move as they proceeded with the second incision up by the rib cage, there is no words to describe the pain.”

"I Could Smell the Bone as It Was Being Sawed Away"

"I Could Smell the Bone as... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Craziest Anesthesia Awareness Horror Stories

The last thing chef Peter Unruh said to his surgeon before surgery began was, "For God’s sake, make sure you knock me out because I can’t stand pain." His wish was their command, but after a minute he woke up on the table. "I could smell the bone as it was being sawed away, and felt the vibration as they bashed the replacement hip into my thigh," says Peter, "I was pretty surprised but I couldn’t feel any pain, so they’d obviously got the dosage of painkillers just right. I called out to the surgeon, “Er, excuse me but I’m awake.”

She Was Conscious, but She Couldn't Scream

She Was Conscious, but She Couldn't is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Craziest Anesthesia Awareness Horror Stories

During surgery to remove her appendix, Alexandra Bythell was hit with the feeling that she'd woken up from a dream into a nightmare while surgeons were preparing to slice into her. Her body was paralyzed by anesthesia, she couldn't scream due to an oxygen tube down her throat, and her eyes were taped shut. She "thought she was going to die," but luckily the surgical team realized she was awake and applied a morphine drip.

"I Couldn't Believe What Was About to Happen"

"I Couldn't Believe Wh is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Craziest Anesthesia Awareness Horror Stories

Due to an abscess in her mouth, Diane Parr was wheeled into surgery to remove two teeth in her lower jaw. After being given a general anesthetic she was wheeled into the surgical room and the procedure began. She said, "I honestly thought I was about to die, from the shock as much as the pain,’ she says. "My heart was pounding so hard I thought I was going to have a heart attack." Dianne then heard the surgeon say ‘it’s a toughie’ and ask for the scalpel. After that, she passed out from the pain.

"I Have Never Experienced Pure Panic Like It Ever Before"

"I Have Never Experienced is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Craziest Anesthesia Awareness Horror Stories

During stomach surgery, a mother of two remembers having a tube fitted into her hand and then "going black," before becoming aware of the most excruciating pain. She says, "I could feel them cutting across - it was them cutting my stomach open. I was unsure whether I was dreaming. I tried to wiggle my toes desperately hard but I couldn't move anything."

"I Thought I Would Die Immediately"

"I Thought I Would Die Imm is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Craziest Anesthesia Awareness Horror Stories

As June Carson went into surgery she realized that her anesthetist had miscalculated the dose, leaving her to be awake throughout her entire surgery. After 15 minutes of the surgery, her heart stopped from the shock. Fortunately, with an injection of adrenaline, June's heart started to beat again.

Terrible Anesthetic, Great Tor is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Craziest Anesthesia Awareness Horror Stories

In 2013, a Louisiana man, Hector L. Alonso, sued the Tulane University medical center claiming that he woke up during cataract surgery and when he alerted the surgeons he was quieted by tape being placed over his mouth. He sued for the loss of vision in his right eye, as well as the “tortured” experience of being restrained during the surgery.

She Was Told to Shut Up

She Was Told to Shut Up is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Craziest Anesthesia Awareness Horror Stories

Reality star Saaphyri had a botched surgery when she woke up during an operation, alerted the doctor, and he "told her to be quiet." She also said that the surgeon was later murdered at a FrostyFreeze.

"This Is a 10! This Is a 1 is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Craziest Anesthesia Awareness Horror Stories

A mother of three and physical therapist, Becky Evans, had to have a C-Section during her first childbirth but she didn't receive enough anesthesia and after telling the doctor that she could feel the blade she was ignored. "I often ask patients to rate their pain on a scale from zero to ten, with ten being the worst pain they have ever felt. In those moments, it seems silly, but the only thing going through my head was, 'This is a 10!!! This is a 10!!'" she said.

"It Felt Like My Torso Was on Fire"

"It Felt Like My Torso Was is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Craziest Anesthesia Awareness Horror Stories

In a post surgical nightmare, Juliette Wills awoke still connected to her tubes and said she "was in white-hot searing pain. It felt like my torso was on fire." Despite the surgery being over, the epidural had not been applied properly. She believes the pain of the improperly applied local was what woke her up.

Buried Alive

Buried Alive is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Craziest Anesthesia Awareness Horror Stories

In the final weeks of his life, Sherman Sizemore felt like people were trying to bury him alive. While under surgery to diagnose the cause of abdominal pain, Sizemore was awake for the procedure but could not move ofrspeak. On Feb. 2, 2006, Sizemore killed himself. His family says he had no history of psychological distress before his surgery.

Just Reflexes...

Just Reflexes... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Craziest Anesthesia Awareness Horror Stories

In the UK, one patient required an operation that involved cutting open his leg and drilling into the bone. He tried to alert his doctors by wiggling his toes, and after she noticed, the doctor told her that it was "just reflexes." He had to lie there in pain while his leg was sliced open and four holes were drilled into the bone. He tried to stop breathing in an attempt to alert the OR staff, but the ventilator began "breathing for him," keeping him alive throughout the surgery.

"I Was Awake in There!"

"I Was Awake in There!" is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Craziest Anesthesia Awareness Horror Stories

A 31-year-old woman with Hodgkin's disease was due to have her spleen removed, pointed out that the patient's pupils weren't dilated, but the anesthesiologist lectured them on how anesthetics worked and shut the patient's eyes. The patient suffered for 45 minutes during the surgery. After the patient was wheeled out of the OR the muscle relaxant wore off and she was able to shout, "I was awake in there!"

My Worst Nightmare

My Worst Nightmare is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Craziest Anesthesia Awareness Horror Stories

In 2012, A Swedish man who was undergoing lung surgery woke up 15 minutes into surgery due to an increased amount of energy in his brain and a coughing reflex. When speaking with the National Board of Health, he said, “My brain kept telling me over and over ‘say your name, say something, do something, wiggle your toes’ but I was completely incapable of [doing anything]."

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"Lots of Blood, Lots of Violence"

"Lots of Blood, Lots of Vi is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Craziest Anesthesia Awareness Horror Stories

At only 4-years-old in the 1960s, Linda Campbell was brought to the hospital to have her appendix removed. The surgery was a success, but after she was brought home she began suffering from fits of random vomiting and disturbing dreams of "people being cut open, lots of blood, lots of violence..." Years later, during a session with a hypnotherapist, Campbell had an inoperative recall of being awake on the operating room table during her surgery.

"It Was as Though Someone Took a Blowtorch and Stuck It in My Stomach"

"It Was as Though Someone is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Craziest Anesthesia Awareness Horror Stories

Jeannette Magdelene woke up in the middle of an elective surgery in 2008, saying afterwards, "As soon as he put the scalpel into my flesh, it was as though someone took a blow torch and stuck it in the right side of my stomach. It was like being buried alive in myself."

She Literally Woke up Screaming

She Literally Woke up Screamin is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Craziest Anesthesia Awareness Horror Stories

During a liposuction in mid -2015, a woman woke up screaming while being operated on in a dental chair. In a nightmare of a quote, the woman said, "They were still taking fat from my legs. The doctor told me afterwards that he had to continue with me awake or my legs would have been uneven"

"It Felt as Though Nothing Would Ever Work Again"

"It Felt as Though Nothing is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Craziest Anesthesia Awareness Horror Stories

How is this for horrific? At the age of 12, a girl named Sandra woke during a dental operation, later saying that "I thought I was about to die. It felt as though nothing would ever work again — as though the anesthetist had removed everything apart from my soul.” Yikes.

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SK’s First Chemical Castration of a Pedophile

A repeat sex offender is set to undergo chemical castration for the first time in South Korea.

The measure, already in place like Germany, Sweden, and some U.S. states, prescribes hormone suppressants to a serial sex offender to suppress his libido by reducing the production of male testosterone.

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'My body was burning': survivors recall horror of Isis mustard gas attack

When the artillery shells whistled overhead, Ahmed Latouf hid in his kitchen with his wife and children and waited for their impact. They thudded into the fields nearby, causing no damage – or so Latouf thought.

Twelve hours later, however, his skin started to bubble and weep. His wife was soon in worse shape, with giant blisters spreading across her shoulders and most of her body gripped by a burning rash. His four-day-old daughter was in an even worse condition, and is not expected to live.

The 21 August attack left as many as 25 people in the northern Syrian village of Marea contaminated by a substance that has since been confirmed as mustard gas, a chemical weapon banned under the 1925 Geneva protocol.

The gas was loaded into artillery shells and fired from about 8km away, from an area controlled by Islamic State. The attack marked the second time that Isis is believed to have used the outlawed substance and is being seen in the opposition-held north and in Turkey as a serious escalation in the civil war.

In late August Kurdish troops in neighbouring Iraq were also affected by mustard gas, a substance first used in the first world war, and sporadically in wars across the world in the century since.

Isis is thought to have fired 59 shells on Marea, a small village near the Turkish border town of Killis that stands between their current frontline and apparent goal of Azaa, a large border post 10 miles further west. The extremists have twice tried to storm Marea and been pushed back by rebel groups who chased them from the area 18 months ago.

Mustard gas attack in Marea

The rebels have resisted Isis attempts to return, bringing with them an increasing amount of heavy weapons, some looted from Iraq, others from Syrian bases, and yet more bought on a buoyant black market across the chaotic north.

Latouf, 31, his family and three more of the wounded from Marea were taken across the Turkish border into Gaziantep, where they are now being treated in hospitals.

“It happened at sunset,” he said from his hospital bed. “It smelt like garlic. At sunrise, my body was burning. I went to hospital and they took me straight to Turkey. My body was swollen, I had water bubbles all over it. Now it looks like I have second degree burns. I hope I can return to a normal life.

“The real problem is my daughter, she was four days old when the attack happened. She’s still in critical care. My wife is not as critical as our child.”

On the other side of Gaziantep, which has been a hub throughout the war for Syria’s war wounded and refugees who have escaped the fighting, a former general in the Syrian army’s chemical weapons division said he had received biological samples from the attack in Marea, which had been proven to be mustard gas.

“They were brought across the border and they have been checked,” said Zaher Saket, who fled his position in early 2012 after being ordered to use chemical weapons against demonstrators.

Since sarin was removed in 2013 following a UN resolution that aimed to avoid a US-led attack on the Syrian regime, there have been 126 cases of gas being used in Syria, and 125 of them were chlorine used by the regime, Saket claims.

“This is the first time that [mustard] gas has been used [in Syria]. It was artillery. I got a call from a [rebel] leader who sent me photos and asked me what the shells and substance they used were.

“I thought it was chlorine at the beginning, but after 12 hours, I got new photos from wounded children, and I understood then that it was mustard gas.

“When it comes close to food, clothes, or water it has no symptoms for 12 to 16 hours.

“I assume they [got it] from the regime, or Tehran, or [seized it] from the Iraqi military storage sites [that were raided by Isis last year].”

Jerry Smith, the former head of operations of the Organisation for the Prevention of Chemical Weapons/UN mission to Syria, said: “The photographs of the injuries and the unexploded projectile, along with the outline description of the events, are consistent with the characteristics and damaging properties of mustard chemical warfare agent.”

On Saturday, eight days after the attack, Turkey announced that it had sent its fighter jets to attack Isis sites in Syria. Turkish media, citing defence officials, said the attacks were the fourth against Isis in the month since Ankara launched a war against the Kurdish separatist group, the PKK, whose ally the YPG has been fighting ground battles against Isis in northern Syria.

Turkish jets are reported to have carried out more than 300 strikes against Kurdish targets in the same period.

The fighting, which has been supported by US fighter jets, has pushed the terror group back from the Turkish border. Kurdish militias are now in control of a stretch of the Turkish border from the Iraqi frontier until just east of Marea. And, in north-western Syria, they also control the border north of Idlib.

Isis is battling Syrian rebel units, among them jihadi groups, for control of the area between the Kurds. If they were to seize the border post, they would control a vital supply line into northern Syria.

US jets have been positioned since July in the Incirlik base, 30 minutes flying time from northern Syria, and have since launched an estimated 12 attacks against Isis targets around the Marea area.

Ankara’s invitation for the US to send jets to Incirlik came after more than a year of refusing requests from Washington. However, it has done little to convince US officials that both allies see the war through the same interests.

“The Kurds are our only real ally on the ground, and Turkey keeps attacking them,” said one senior western official. “We’re not yet able to reconcile that with our definition and the rest of the world’s definition of who the enemy is.”

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