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I died six minutes after being crushed by a 10,000 pound block of concrete – my eyes bulged and my friends held my head – The Scottish Sun

A father who died six minutes after his head was crushed by a concrete block has told how his friends held his skull together to keep him alive.

Mike Wolo, 52, was at work when a 10,000-pound piece of rock fell on him, crushing his face just three inches wide and blowing out one of his eyes.

Mike Wolo died within six minutes when a 10,000-pound concrete slab crushed his face

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Mike Wolo died within six minutes when a 10,000-pound concrete slab crushed his faceCredit: Mike Wolo
Only a small piece of wood prevented Mike from being decapitated

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Only a small piece of wood prevented Mike from being decapitatedCredit: Mike Wolo
Mike has “no regrets” and believes his experiences put him on the path to meeting his wife Becca

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Mike has “no regrets” and believes his experiences put him on the path to meeting his wife BeccaCredit: Mike Wolo
Mike's surgeon gave him only a 2% chance of survival

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Mike’s surgeon gave him only a 2% chance of survivalCredit: Mike Wolo

He was so disfigured that friends could not find his mouth to perform CPR and witnesses said his head looked like a “mushroom about to grow.”

Mike’s lifeless body fell to the ground as he was pinned to the wall for six terrifying minutes.

Bystanders frantically tried to find a way to free the father of two, but time was running out and his heart had stopped beating.

Mike, from Massachusetts, was 32 years old at the time of the horrific accident and worked as a kitchen designer.

His friend worked as a truck driver for Granite and would sometimes call him for his help.

He initially declined the offer and only showed up at the last minute, telling himself it would be the last time.

Although he knew this mission was dangerous, Mike never expected that he would end up as a “Walking Corpse Member” and almost beheaded.

He spoke to The Sun about his nightmare and his long road to recovery.

Mike was working in an open trailer, while the giant concrete slab lay nearby waiting for the crane operator to move it.

Before the container left the ground, Mike heard his friend scream and, confused, he started running towards the container’s exit.

My face was mauled by a grizzly bear – I was forced to make the painful choice to sit with part of my ear and scalp stuck

But it was too late, the concrete block fell and pressed his head against the wall.

Things have gotten dark for Mike, and now it’s up to his friends to try to save his life.

He told The Sun: “They realized they had to help me breathe again. But I had no mouth.

“They said everything was horizontal and they could see inside my skull and stuff like that.

“Three or four of them started taking turns holding my skull together.

‘They said the blood came out too fast. So they tried to tie it all together and put the parts in the right place.”

He added: “It crushed everything, the only thing that stopped it from cutting off the rest of my head was a piece of wood.”

This image shows the aftermath of the accident after concrete fell on Mike

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This image shows the aftermath of the accident after concrete fell on MikeCredit: Mike Wolo
Mike's face was flattened to less than 3 inches wide

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Mike’s face was flattened to less than 3 inches wideCredit: Mike Wolo

Still fighting for his life, Mike was airlifted to hospital and his family were asked to ‘say goodbye’ as the surgeon gave him only a 2% chance of survival.

Mike’s injuries were so severe that the medical staff deemed him “an organ donor” and were stunned when he later visited them in person and thanked them for saving his life.

Speaking about the extent of the damage, he said: “It hit my left temple and then tore my whole face down to just under two inches wide.”

As Mike’s devastated family prepares to say goodbye to him while he lies unconscious in a coma, he remembers having a strange dream.

He explained how a colleague at work had died suddenly a few months earlier and appeared before him, sitting on a tree trunk.

The colleague told Mike it was “not his time” and asked him to check on the family for him.

And soon, against all odds, Mike woke up, writhing in pain.

He described the feeling as “terrible pain” and added: “There are no words to describe what you feel other than your whole body screaming, it’s the most ridiculous pain.”

He recalled that he could no longer see because one of his eyes was “blown out of his head” and his face was so swollen that it was “bigger than a football or basketball.”

Mike’s mouth was tied shut and he could not talk or eat normally and had to breathe through a tracheostomy tube.

Three or four of them started taking turns holding my skull together. They said the blood drained too quickly.

Mike Wolo

His mother was afraid of how he would react if he saw his reflection, so she tried to prevent anyone from showing it to him.

“You’d see people staring at you and looking shocked,” Mike said.

“I remember the first time I looked at myself in the mirror. I was terrified when I saw that my head was big and gigantic, but it was also out of proportion.

“It was very misshapen and pointy at the top, and my left side was longer than my right.

“And one eye, my left eye, which was knocked out of my head, you know, has been put back in, but it’s moving on its own. It doesn’t move where I’m trying to look.

“In my right eye all the blood vessels looked like devil’s blood, the eye was red.

Although Mike is awake, he is not out of the woods yet and he is confronted with death two more times during his stay in the hospital.

This happened when his breathing tube became clogged and he began choking on his own blood.

One of these terrifying experiences happened while Mike was sleeping and a ‘crazy’ drug-induced dream meant it was actor Will Ferrell who woke him up and saved his life.

He described being in a car where a man in a suit tried to strangle him and that he “lost the fight.”

Mike said: “Out of nowhere, Will Ferrell started banging on my window and yelling at me to wake up.”

After three major reconstructive surgeries and four weeks of being bedridden, Mike was released from the hospital with only one thing on his mind.

It hit my left temple and then tore my entire face down to just under 3 inches wide.

Mike Wolo

He goes to the ambulance station to surprise the team that saved his life, revealing that he “scared” them.

Mike said that when they heard he was alive, they thought it was a Halloween prank.

“I looked an awful lot like an actor from Walking Dead with the brace and the tracheal tube hole,” he explains.

After leaving the hospital, Mike continued to struggle with his emotional trauma and experienced crippling anxiety and depression.

He added that he had to take “several years” off work and felt he was a “burden on society.”

“Mentally I was hurt,” Mike said. It took me eight years to feel safe with my new face.”

Despite the terrible ordeal, he didn’t let anything get in the way of his love for the outdoors and he was back on the snowmobile just three months after his accident.

He also discovered his passion for football at the age of 40 and was invited to join the local semi-professional team to get back into shape after “gaining weight”.

Mike completed two full seasons with them before retiring.

He said that despite his immense suffering and excruciating pain, he would not change anything about the accident.

“It gave me the path to follow,” he said.

“I am a better person. I appreciate life more. I look at things differently. I don’t regret it at all.”

Mike attributes much of his strength at the time to his sense of humor and self-acceptance, as well as his “great support system” and “great neighbors.”

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It has now been more than twenty years since the horrific accident in 2003 and Mike is now happily married with two children.

He works in telecommunications, but hopes to inspire others through motivational conversations and has started his own website.

Mike has two sons, ages eight and five

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Mike has two sons, ages eight and fiveCredit: Mike Wolo
Just a few weeks after the accident, Mike is back on the snowmobile, here he is with one of his sons

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Just a few weeks after the accident, Mike is back on the snowmobile, here he is with one of his sonsCredit: Mike Wolo
Mike started playing semi-professional football after the accident

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Mike started playing semi-professional football after the accidentCredit: Mike Wolo
X-ray of Mike's face after reconstruction

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X-ray of Mike’s face after reconstructionCredit: Mike Wolo
Mike believes the accident made him a better person

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Mike believes the accident made him a better personCredit: Mike Wolo