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Man Tried To Kill Himself, Accidentally Saved His Own Life Instead

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The world works in some mysterious ways, and as much as we know about medical science sometimes we hear stories that drop our jaws. This is one of those stories.

First let me say that we in no way condone suicide. If you're thinking about suicide please call 1-800-273-8255 if you live in the USA.

Now, onto one of the most bizarre medical cases in history.

First reported by the New York Times back in 1988, there was a medical miracle so bizarre it made national headlines, despite happening in Canada.

Dr. Leslie Solyom had been treating a young man he only referred to as George. George had crippling Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and a phobia of germs. He'd shower dozens of times per day, wash his hands constantly, and fret about being dirty or getting sick.


As his conditioned worsened, the previously straight-A student was forced to drop out of college and quit his job. He became a shut in and grew increasingly depressed.

"George was very depressed and told his mother that his life was so wretched that he would rather die," Dr. Solyom told the LA Times.

Chicago Tribune

At his lowest point, George went down to his basement, stuck a .22 caliber rifle in his mouth and pulled the trigger.

But he didn't die.

What happened next on the second page!

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