A 43-year-old Swedish man is just about the luckiest man alive after narrowly surviving a plot to harvest his organs by doctors who thought he was done for.
The man’s name is Jimi Fritze and he was paralyzed by a stroke two years ago as he and his girlfriend were out at dinner on a small island off the coast of Sweden’s second largest city, Gothenburg.
Because of the remote location, it took a long time to get Fritze to hospital, by which time he was completely paralyzed.
“They looked at an X-ray of my brain, and when they had done that, they told my girlfriend that it wasn’t good and that I wouldn’t live,” Fritze told UK newspaper The Telegraph.
“I could hear her crying the whole time, but I couldn’t do anything.”
“I heard them tell my girlfriend and my relatives that there was no hope,” Fritze continued.
“I couldn’t do anything. I could only see and hear. I couldn’t move my body.”
As he lay in his bed, Fritze says he heard the doctors discussing the possibility of organ donation, in particular his liver and kidney.
“I was scared because I thought that I was going to die then, and a hard death,” he went on.
“I remember I thought, what will happen if they cremate me, will I see the fire and feel the fire?”
Fritze believes he would have been declared brain dead, had it not been for a senior doctor who returned three days after his accident.
But after re-examining the X-ray, she immediately realized that there was a good chance Fritze would recover. Within days, he could nod his head, and now he can speak and move again, to a small degree, following extensive rehab.