This story of a man who nearly died in the hospital actually started in the woods of Washington's Cascade Mountains last summer.
"I was cutting for a logging outfit up on these rock cliffs and I felled a 150-foot fir tree into [some] maple trees," says Kristopher Kelly, a 51-year-old lumberjack. The maples "had a bunch of dead tops — they call 'em widow makers," Kelly says. "You don't want to get under them because they'll make you a widow."
And when the top of the fir tree crashed into those maples, he says, the butt of the tree he had just felled bounced back toward him.