If you’ve seen the series “House,” where Dr. House started performing an autopsy on a patient who he thought was already dead but ended up waking up and screaming, very much alive, to the surprise of everyone, something similar happened to a guy named John Bennett in real life. Unfortunately, he was a young medic who was struck by lightning and was placed in a body bag, declared killed in action. Except he wasn’t.

One in a Million Chance

According to the National Weather Service, there is only a 1 in 15,300 chance that one would be struck by lightning in a lifetime. The odds were even slimmer if you ran the numbers in a given year: 1 in 1,222,000. A one-in-a-million chance that John Bennett had in 1968 when he was struck by lightning on May 18, that year, while serving in Vietnam.

John Bennett. (Historia Obscurum)

Specialist 5 John W. Bennett woke up and found himself stuffed into a body bag. He was a young medic who, after being hit by some 3 million volts of a lightning flash, was pronounced killed in action, placed in a body bag, and transported to the morgue via a helicopter. His family also received the news via a letter notifying them of Bennett’s “unfortunate death.”

Killed in Action?

Imagine waking up and finding yourself stuffed and sealed in a body bag. That was how Bennet woke up. The confused medic found his pocket knife and cut himself out. When he sat up, he looked around and saw that he was surrounded by other dead bodies in bags. That was when he discovered that they thought he was dead, too, with a KIA label attached to him. Just like how anyone else in the same situation would probably feel, he was shocked. He just stood there for thirty minutes, trying to process the whole scenario until someone entered the morgue and found him, much to the person’s surprise, too. He wrote,