The Most Improbable Story Ever Told

A miracle, in two parts.

Simon Thomas-Train ’09 should be dead.

He should have died on March 7, 2005. That’s what doctors say. That’s what he says. That’s what the surgeon who saved his life will tell you. He should have died because the Volkswagen Jetta he was riding in, on a snowy, ice-slicked mountainous road in Norway, hit the concrete base of a lamp post at more than 60 miles an hour, blowing out its windows, mushrooming its airbags, crumpling its frame. He should have died because the seatbelt that he was wearing in the Jetta’s backseat, the seat located behind the front passenger seat, kept Simon in the car, but tore apart his insides. That tough strap of woven nylon that cocooned him within the confines of twisted metal lacerated his large intestine, nearly slicing it in half and causing massive internal bleeding.

That’s how Simon Thomas-Train came to be lying by the side of a twisting mountain road in rural Norway. Lying by the side of the road at the edge of a grocery store parking lot, the smoking, twisted ruin of a Volkswagen Jetta lying nearby. Lying by the side of the road. Waiting to die.

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  1. [...] “The Most Improbable Story Ever Told” was written by Matt Jennings and ran in the summer 2009 issue. Tags: Multimedia, Simon Thomas-Train Buzz Up Digg Mixx Twitter Email Print Current Delicious Diigo Facebook Fark Google LinkedIn Live MySpace Newsvine Propeller Reddit Slashdot Sphinn StumbleUpon Tip'd Yahoo! What's This? [...]

  2. ‘and Middlebury, which in the span of four years was able to get me to focus and ‘collect my brains’ to enable me to do my job’ — a deft, pithy, case statement for midd, stitched gracefully right where it makes a difference. More than that is odious obvious sales pitch. Lovely.

  3. This is so incredible. I enjoyed the beautiful irony. It definitely was a miracle. I am so happy for Simon and my respects to the Surgeon and Middlebury for its pivotal role.

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