15 Horror Stories Of Being Awake During Surgery

on Mar, 18 2017 in WTF/OMG 3513 views
It may sound like the stuff of nightmares and horror films, but this can actually happen. The term Anesthesia Awareness refers to the rare but horrifying state in which patients can find themselves awake while under the knife. We expect to be in safe hands when undergoing surgery, but mistakes can happen and when they do, some unfortunate patients can find themselves spectators at their own operations! This disturbing phenomenon has unsurprisingly caused post-traumatic stress in some patients as they often find themselves reliving those terrifying moments months and even years after their surgery.

In some instances, being awake during surgery can be perfectly normal (and often necessary). In brain surgery, for instance, it can be beneficial for the patient to be conscious and be able to respond so that surgeons can monitor their changes in real time and help them locate where a tumor might lie in the brain. While this may sound pretty gruesome, there are no nerve endings in the brain, so even without anesthetic, patients would not feel pain as a direct result of having their brain prodded.

The patients on this list, on the other hand, experienced pain like no other when they found themselves waking up in the middle of under-the-knife surgery. Many who experience anesthesia awareness have likened it to feeling as if they are buried alive since they become awake but find themselves paralyzed and unable to vocalize their concern to anyone. Here are 15 truly chilling stories of people waking up in the middle of their own surgery…