A Swedish mercenary fought in 13 wars on 4 different continents.
Wilma Rudolph was the 20th of 22 kids. Born prematurely at 4.5 lbs., she suffered infantile paralysis, polio, and scarlet fever. She wore a brace for a twisted leg. She eventually became the world’s fastest woman, winning 4 Olympic medals.
Captain Ivan Castro is the only blind officer serving in the United States Army Special Forces.
A man named Patrick J. Sullivan Jr. was charged with trading methamphetamine to male addicts in exchange for sex. He was booked into the Patrick J. Sullivan Jr. Detention Center, named for him after he retired as sheriff.
An officer of the US Navy, James Stockdale, became a POW. To prevent his captors from using him as propaganda, he cut his scalp with razors, beat his face with a stool until he was unrecognizable, and slit his wrists.
A man endured Mengele removing a kidney without anaesthesia and survived Auschwitz because he was the 201st person in line for a 200-person gas chamber.
A British soldier who fought in both World Wars was shot in the face, head, ankle, leg, hip and ear, survived a plane crash, tunneled out of a POW camp, and bit off his own fingers when a doctor wouldn’t amputate them. He later said “frankly I had enjoyed the war.”
Patient Charles Algeri was getting his spine welded together by Dr. David Arndt in a marathon daylong surgery when it became clear that the doctor had other concerns on his mind. He repeatedly asked the nurses to find out if his paycheck had arrived. When another surgeon, Leo Troy, passed by to drop the check off, Arndt asked Troy to watch the patient for “about five minutes.” Then the surgeon walked right out of the hospital, got behind the wheel of his car and drove to the bank. Those few minutes turned into half an hour, and Algeri (who found out about it after the surgery) didn’t think that the doc avoiding late fees was a good enough reason to leave him lying wide open on an operating table. He sued the surgeon for malpractice.
Dr. Allan Zarkin was so pleased with the Caesarean section he performed that he decided to tag it with his initials. Zarkin (appropriately nicknamed “Dr. Zorro” by the press) carved the initials “AZ” into Liana Gedz’s stomach, presumably forgetting that human beings are not pumpkins, public playground equipment or school desks. Naturally, Zarkin was dismissed from Beth Israel Hospital, which had been fined $14,000 by the state, in addition to the massive lawsuit from the patient.
A magazine sent a check for 13 cents to a dozen wealthy people. Only Donald Trump and Adnan Khashoggi, a Saudi Arabian arms-dealer and businessman, cashed the check.