IAMA male who, when I was 16, had my leg and half my pelvis almost completely ripped from my body. I was awake during my first six hour surgery. I really shouldn't have survived. Ask me anything.
Ten years ago, I was helping my dad on the farm. My dad owned a backhoe, and we were laying out some grass. I stepped up on the step that is used to get up on the backhoe, my dad pulled the backhoe up, and my foot slipped and went under the tire. My other foot stayed up on the step and I was split like a wishbone. I severed the main vein in my leg, stretched the artery, and fractured my pelvis in three places. My leg was held on by a little muscle and skin. I was bleeding at a rapid rate, and if my dad didn't have a medical background, I would have bled out in minutes. I was very close to dying in my dad's arms. When they life flighted me to the hospital I almost bled out in the helicopter. After I landed, they revived me when I was entering the hospital. I was then awake for a 6 hour surgery while they cut open my stomach and searched for internal bleeding. I had lost so much blood that they were afraid if they put me under I would die, and the only thing they were able to do was give me a paralytic drug to keep me from moving... so I felt everything. I spent three months total in the hospital and had to learn how to walk all over again. I also had to have a metal thing that realigned my broken pelvis (still have it in my closet). During this time, I had to have a colostomy because of the damage done, which I hated, and after I had it removed, I had complications that put me back in the hospital. I had contracted c diff which put me in more pain than I imagined was possible. After all this, I still have my leg- and, besides a half inch difference in my legs, I am perfectly fine.
Edit: I wanted to add this picture, I forgot I had it http://i.imgur.com/WdAECMY.jpg