At age 16, Alan was involved in a near drowning accident. He needed glasses a few years later for distance. Because of his coordination limitations, and difficult gait, glasses had become a huge stumbling block, as constantly adjusting them or worrying about seeing without them in place made for further stress to an already stressful situation. Now that the surgery has resulted in seeing 20/15 he can concentrate on everyday life & pursuit of his long term goals – all glasses free!
It's a God Thing Volume 2: When Miracles Happen to Everyday People: Don Jacobson. he book has 58 different stories from real people who credit to God for miracles--recoveries or emerging unscathed from drowning, hit by a train, car accident, tornado, having peace in death, attack, diagnosis, etc. Though each story ends in hope, this book clearly illustrates a variety of flawed characters, painful situations, and difficult circumstances that may not be appropriate for young children.
In 1997 in Florida, Kirk Douglas Billie murdered his sons, aged 5 and 3, by putting them in his truck and letting it roll into the water where the boys drowned. A battle between Indian rights and state rights followed. Billie was known to authorities and had issued a restraining order not letting him see his children due to his violent temper. He was sentenced to life in prison in 2001.
Joel Zellmer was sentenced to 50 years in prison in 2007 for drowning his 3-year old step-daughter for insurance money. He habitually dated and often married single mothers and got them to take out insurance on the lives of their chldren. Some children in his care suffered nasty 'accidents'...
Aquaman has nothing on Shavarsh Karapetyan, who saved 20 people from drowning in an underwater bus accident in 1976. The champion Armenian finswimmer was finishing a training run with his brother when he witnessed a bus with 92 passengers drive off the road into a reservoir, hitting the water 24 meters (80 ft) from shore. Karapetyan dove into the water, kicked through the back window, and began pulling dozens of passengers clear of the bus, which had already sunk 10 meters (33 ft) into the…
A montage of portraits of survivors and victims: mainly first-class passengers but also two second-class and two crew members. Please note that the gentleman in the photograph labelled '9' is not, in fact, William E. Carter of Philadelphia - although the sole woman depicted is certainly the well-known socialite Mrs Carter (nee Lucile Polk).
Robert Farquaharson was driving his 3 sons (Jai, Tyler, and Bailey) back to the home of his ex-wife after a Father’s Day visit in 2005 when he drove his car into a dam, got himself out of the car and left the boys to drown. Farquaharson claimed it was an accident but evidence said otherwise and he was convicted of life imprisonment with no minimum term. In December 2009, he won the right to a retrial and was released on bail but was again convicted of murder in July 2010.