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A Story of Survival
A family of four survives a terrifying plane crash. Hear about their frightening brush with death, and what you can learn from their harrowing story. 

The family’s plane loses an engine and plummets into the ocean.

“I came to under the water and realized we had crashed

Plane Crash Survival Tips
• Stay clear and upwind of the aircraft, but remain in its vicinity so rescue crews can find you.
• Stay clear of fuel or oil in the water, as it can ignite as it flows from the plane.

• Look for flotation devices and strap them together to make yourself easily visible. If none are available, stay calm and float.
• Get wounded people on the rafts.
• Use a sea anchor if available. Otherwise, life boats can drift further from the crash site.

General Survival Tips
• First and foremost, locate a reliable source of water. You cannot survive more than one week without water, however, it is possible to live without food for up to 40 days.

• Try to eat carbohydrates such as acorns, seeds and fruits.
• Find shelter next to trees or shrubbery if possible, and on higher land to avoid flooding or rainfall. Use sturdy leaves and branches to construct a shelter.
• Reduce activity, stay cool.

• Take care of any injuries.
• Attract attention to yourself by building a fire, making noise (tip: carry a whistle) and using bright materials.

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Reversing Blindness
Caroline, 22, has been wearing glasses since the age of 6, and her prescription increased every three to four months until she eventually became legally blind.

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“I’ve always been very active,” Caroline says. “I’m an aspiring wildlife biologist, and without my contacts or glasses, I’m completely blind.”

Restoring Caroline’s vision would afford her a whole new life, and implantable contact lenses did just that. Ophthalmologist Dr. Robert Maloney explains the breakthrough surgery.

In a 15 to 30 minute procedure, two small incisions are made on the base of the cornea, and a contact lens is injected between the iris and natural lens to work with the natural optical system. The incisions are then closed with self-dissolving stitches, and eye drops are distributed to prevent infection.

“You don’t have to clean [the contact lens], take it out, change it, adjust it or rub your eye,” Dr. Maloney says. “It stays there forever.”

One week after the surgery, Caroline describes her restored vision.

“It’s like seeing in HD,” she says. “It’s amazing.”

“Her vision is better than 20/20 now, it’s 20/15,” Dr. Maloney adds. “She’s sees better than 90 percent of people.”

Candidates for implantable contact lenses are non-LASIK candidates between the ages of 21 and 45, who have not changed eyeglass prescription of more than 0.5D in one year. Patients must suffer from nearsightedness, have not undergone ophthalmic surgery and have no history of eye disease.

The Serial Killer Whisperer
Meet Tony, a man who cheated death at the age of 15 after a jet ski that lost control slammed into the back of his head, causing a traumatic brain injury. Hear his incredible story of survival, and how he’s used the affects of his injury to assist in murder cases.

Hear about Tony’s accident, and how it affected his life physically, emotionally and mentally.

“I’ve received thousands of letters from murderers and serial killers.”

Neurosurgeon Dr. Ian Armstrong explains how Tony’s injury affected his behavior and personality.

Age-Defying Treatments
Plastic surgeon Dr. Drew Ordon reveals how Visia Complexion Analysis can show you the future of your skin, and how Ulthera can turn back the hands of time on your face.

Decoding Your Cough

Dealing with an annoying cough? If you're not feeling well it may be hard to detect the cause. E.R. physician Dr. Travis Stork and CVS MinuteClinic nurse practitioner Meredith Dixon explain the possible causes of a cough and when it may signal something serious.

What your complexion says about your health.

Stem Cells for Degenerative Disc Disease
Physiatrist Dr. Tim Davis joins The Doctors to explain an exciting new treatment for degenerative disc disease, a condition where the vertebral discs dry out and fail to absorb shock between the bones of the spine, causing excruciating pain.

The Mesoblast Intradiscal FDA Study for Degenerative Disc Disease is testing a new treatment whereby stem cells are procured from the bone marrow of healthy adult donors and injected into the spine to reverse the degenerative process by promoting regrowth of cartilage and sustaining disc anatomy and function.

Candidates will likely be people over the age of 18 who suffer from chronic back pain, but not affected enough for surgery.

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