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Dutch prince Johan Friso in a Coma

Discussion in 'Off The Beaten Track' started by Buzz, Feb 25, 2012.

  1. Buzz

    Buzz Well-Known Member

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    He has been in a coma since been hit by an avalanche. Doctors say his prospect for recovery is not good and is not expecting him to ever wake up. So best wishes to his family and the people of the Netherlands. But a miracle could still happen so good thoughts to him.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-17153623
     
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  2. Vash01

    Vash01 Fan of Yuzuru, Medvedeva, T&M, Shibs, P&C

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    How sad! Even the seemingly lucky ones can't escape life's tragedies.
     
  3. BittyBug

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    Interesting that his skiing partner survived unscathed because he was wearing an avalanche airbag. They've been in the news a lot in the U.S. lately because of the relatively high number of avalanches the northwest has experienced this season, and I wonder if they will become de rigeur equipment, much as helmets have become.
     
  4. BigB08822

    BigB08822 Well-Known Member

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    Interesting. I was curious how that works and found this description from an NPR interview:

    http://www.npr.org/2012/02/20/147164902/science-behind-avalanche-air-bag-saves-skier

     
  5. skatesindreams

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  6. fluorescein

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  7. BittyBug

    BittyBug Dispirited

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    If you go to YouTube and search for "avalanche airbag" you'll find quite a few videos that demo the product like this one. The design of the SnowPulse intrigues me the most because of the way it cradles the head.