Imagine for a second that you have a beautiful, tall, old tree in your yard that unfortunately needs a branch at the top trimmed. Now this is a huge tree, probably 35 or 40 meters high (around 100-120 feet), and the branch in question is near the very top. What would you do? Here, I'll give you some choices:
A) Call a tree expert to trim the branch
B) Ignore it and hope it doesn't fall on your house
C) Get several 5 meter (15 foot) ladders, strap the first one to the bottom of the tree trunk, and climb up the first 5 meters. Then strap the next ladder to the tree trunk and climb up the next 5 meters. Then tie the next ladder to the trunk and climb up the next 5 meters...
You see where I'm going with this, right? My patient, a 50-ish year old man who had already beaten prostate cancer and lymphoma, decided to go for option C. He evidently thought he could also beat gravity. But gravity isn't just a suggestion - it's the law.
Now I know what you're thinking - there's no way the tree was actually 40 meters high! Doc, surely you're exaggerating! Really? Am I?
Fortunately for him, he didn't land on his head. He fractured his left femur, left foot, left wrist, and right ankle, and several bones in his pelvis. He also broke a bone in the middle of his back, and he'll need surgery to fix all of his various fractures.
But keep this in mind - 50% of people who fall 4 storeys die. NINETY PERCENT of people who fall 7 storeys die. This lucky guy fell from 9 stories and never even lost consciousness. It just clearly wasn't his time to go. So now he has beaten prostate cancer, lymphoma, and gravity. By my count he only has 6 lives left.
It makes me wonder what he'll try to defeat next.