10 People Who Faced Death — and It’s a Miracle They Survived

4. Anatoli Bugorski — the man who was hit by a proton beam

In 1978, Russian physicist Anatoli Bugorski had an interesting accident where a proton beam hit him in the head. A particle accelerator had been used to speed up the beam almost to the speed of light. At the time, no one was sure what damage Anatoli suffered, because nothing like this had ever happened before, but most assumed it would likely kill Bugorski.

Bugorski wasn’t in any pain at the time of the accident, but he did say he saw a light that was brighter than anything he had ever witnessed. The damage he suffered included hearing loss in his left ear, as well as paralysis of the left side of his face.

He survived with these minor injuries and continued living a relatively normal life.

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