In 1999 orthopedic surgeon Dr. Mary Neal had a near death experience. She was under water for 15 minutes in a kayak accident. While cascading down a waterfall, her kayak became pinned at the bottom and she was immediately and completely submerged.
Despite the rescue efforts of her companions, Mary was underwater for too long. As a result, she died.
After her near death experience she had two shattered legs, severe pulmonary problems and was hospitalized for more than a month. She could not return to her orthopaedic surgery practice for more than six months.
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