Life can change in an instant. A car accident, being in the wrong place at the wrong time, and so much more. Take a look at these 19 stories of people who witnessed miracles in their lives or the lives of someone around them that changed their perspective on the world we live in.

1. Angel Hitchhiker

My father was once travelling along a country highway. It was early morning and he was at the front of a long line of traffic. Along his way he spotted a hitch-hiker with a hiking backpack and being the kind person he was, he stopped for them and lost his place at the front of traffic.

The guy seemed really friendly. Dad chatted with him about his family and work, told the guy how he wanted to have a kid.

All of a sudden, the guy asked my dad to drop him off. Dad was confused as this was right next to a field in the middle of nowhere. The guy said “don’t worry about it” and got out. My dad turned to leave, and noticed the guy left his bag. So he turned to tell the guy, but he was gone. Nowhere to be seen.

Dad says he searched for him but it made no sense where he went or how he could hide. When he got back in the car he looked in the bag and found empty. Also weird. He decided to continue on his way.

He came to the first set of lights, and noticed an accident had happened to the car that was behind him in the original line of traffic. Had he not picked this guy up, my dad would’ve been in that accident.

My dad still has the bag and carries it with him in his car at all times hoping to eventually run into the guy and thank him.

2. That’s a lot of damage

I’m a doctor. One time, I had a patient who was walking in the street. He got hit by a car, thrown into oncoming traffic, bounced off another car, and then got pinned under a third.

He had a dislocated shoulder and a non-displaced femur fracture. He was on cocaine at the time, which probably explained how he was able to scream at the trauma team to leave him alone.

3. Fully functioning miracle

My grandfather had a heart attack while driving and crashed into a tree. He was without oxygen to his brain for 25 minutes. The hospital did everything they could to revive him, actually trying to revive him for 3+ hours because it was a veterans’ hospital and he was a decorated green beret.

I was called to this hospital and told he was brain dead.

I cried and cried, and all the while my family was around his bedside talking to him. The doctors told them that he might be able to hear them.

They were going to take him off of life support that night, but my uncle from San Diego missed his flight and couldn’t come until morning so they decided to wait. Well, good thing.

A few hours later, I was next to my grandpa and his hands started twitching. I called the nurse in and she told us that these were just spasms, and that it was normal. The twitches kept getting more severe and more frequent.

After a while, the doctors started to get a little concerned and checked his vitals, they seemed shocked. After a while, he opened his eyes. We were all in shock. Complete disbelief. They told us he was brain dead and we were going to take him off of life support.

He couldn’t talk for hours, but asked for a pen and notepad to write something. The first thing he wrote was “energizer” and “bunny”. It took him about 2 days before he could speak, but now, 4 years later, he is a fully functioning 62 year old man.

4. Juice

My coworker was diagnosed with stage four cancer. Said she was just going to juice and hope for the best because she didn’t want chemo. Four months later, she was cancer free.

I have no idea. Don’t even know where to begin. We had began collecting to help her family with funeral costs.

5. Lily

My aunt and uncle wanted to have a girl named Lily ever since they originally got married. But the year after they were married, my aunt was diagnosed with breast cancer for the second time. She had to have her ovaries removed, and couldn’t carry a child.

My mom offered to carry their child, and after a surgery, there was only a 1/100 chance it would work. Lily turned 5 last April.

6. Full exposure

I used to be an EMT. I had a 20-something year old male, motorcycle vs SUV; SUV won. We arrived on scene to see him face down in about a litre of blood.

We were told he was wearing a helmet, but it was nowhere to be found. He was about 30 feet from his bike, and there was a clear trail of blood to the bike because he wasn’t wearing leathers. We rolled him onto the board. That was the first beating heart I ever saw.

We were staring at his heart, a collapsed lung, his great vessels, and the branches of the brachial plexus. Amazingly, they were all intact. Of course he had multiple injuries to his other extremities, mandible, zygomatic arches, etc. but we frankly didn’t care at the time.

We were on scene for no more than two minutes before we sped off to the trauma center. I remember transferring the patient to the chief of trauma surgery whose first words when the trauma pad was removed were “Holy shit!” Nobody could believe he survived that. I still can’t explain it.

7. Bad aim

I saw a guy who got shot 9 times, three of which were in the neck. Amazingly, nothing important got hit, so they just cleaned out the wounds, packed and covered them, and that was it.

8. Dang, kid

I was bitten seven times by a brown recluse spider when I was five years old. I don’t even have scars. The doctor said by the third bite I should have been convulsing.

9. Literally Death-Defying

Not a doctor. But this is what I was asked repeatedly when I was in the hospital for my open heart surgery “How are you still alive?”

I was born with a congenital birth defect which has an extremely high mortality rate. Like 1 in 120,000,000 of it happening and about 95% to 99% chance of dying. Not only did I survive it for 20 years, I played lacrosse for 4 years. I had no idea that there was anything wrong with my heart.

The issue is that I was missing a major blood vessel on my heart that is required to pump blood. My body compensated in such an extreme way that the blood vessel on the right side of the heart went down and around the heart and attached itself to aorta.

So how did I find out about this? One day, I blew my nose and had a full blown heart attack.

The main surgeon told me that anyone with this condition usually dies at birth. They only know of the condition from autopsies.

10. Untouchable

I was 18 and driving down the 5 (freeway) towards San Diego. I was on the far right lane going about 65 and there was a driver who was going about the same speed as me inn the lane to my left. There were a bunch of other cars around us going at a steady pace. He didn’t realize that I was right next to him and tried to merge into my lane.

I freaked out and I swerved to my right. My car broke down, and I ended up doing two 360s through 4 lanes. I came to a stop facing oncoming traffic.

Somehow, there were absolutely no cars around me when it happened, and when I stopped, the cars were a good distance from me. It was as if something pushed all of them back when my car began to swerve. I didn’t hit anyone. After I stopped, I was shocked. I took a second to catch my breath and pulled off to the right lane. Then I bawled like a baby and called my mom.