Q. What’s the most insane thing a human has survived?
answered by Joseph Troika
An amazing woman from my country South Africa by the name of Alison Botha who showed spectacular courage and a sheer will to live through one of the most horrific attacks to have ever taken place.
Alison Botha was stabbed and left for dead in the Summer of 1994 outside of Port Elizabeth in South Africa.
Alison wrote a book called ‘I have Life’ and a movie about her life was also released.
This is her account :
She said the evening when she was raped and left for dead was full of miracles that saved her life.
She was 27 when it happened.
Alison pulled up in the driveway of her house and was looking for something in her car when a man appeared next to her window with a knife and ordered her to move over to the passenger seat.
He started driving and stopped to pick up his friend.
They both then took her to a secluded bush area at the outskirts of Port Elizabeth.
One of the men , Frans du Toit , was 26 at the time and out on parole for raping a pregnant girl and a 19-year-old student.
“When they stopped in the bush I knew something was going to happen.
“I asked them what now and they said they want to have sex with me and asked me if I am going to fight.
“I have never done a self-defence course so I decided not to fight.
“I tried to remove my mind from my body while they both raped me.
“I remember thinking , don’t worry Alison and I believe that was God speaking to me.”
After raping her , Frans started strangling her and she passed out.
“There were many miracles that night.
“The fact that I passed out and was unconscious during most part of the attack was a miracle.”
Frans then started stabbing Alison in her abdomen and doctors afterwards said she was stabbed about 35 times.
“His friend , Theuns then saw my leg twitch and realised that I was still alive and took the knife from Frans and slashed & cut my throat about 16 times.”
Alison only heard most of what happened in court from the two men as she was unconscious while most of the attack happened.
She described it as a miracle when Theuns cut her throat.
“Because I was strangled, I could not breathe, but when Theuns cut my throat , he cut it open and I was able to breathe .
After the attack , they left Alison for dead .
She saw car lights in the distance , through the bushes and told herself not to give up.
She wrote the names of the men in the sand for in case she died , so that the police could know who did this to her.
She realised that she was horrifically stabbed in her abdomen , so she took a shirt the men left behind and tied it around her abdomen in order to keep her intestines from spilling out and then she started crawling toward the road.
Miraculously , a car passed by at the same time just as Alison had managed to drag herself onto the tarmac and a young student who was at the time studying to become a veterinarian saw Alison at the side of the road & immediately stopped to help her.
This person then called an ambulance that took nearly two hours to get there because of how remote the area that Alison was dumped was .
A team of specialists operated on Alison that night and by some miracle and Alison’s sheer grit and never say die attitude , she survived & eventually made a full recovery .
Nowadays , this superhuman woman is married and was blessed with two young sons .
She continues to travel all over South Africa as a motivational speaker as she shares her story of survival , hope , love and forgiveness.
This is Alison Botha in 1994 , aged 27 :
Alison Botha in 2019 :
source : Quora