Boy Lost in Outback for 9 Weeks Is Found Covered in Leeches & How He Survived Is a Mystery

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outbackIt's unbelievable what human beings can actually live through: An 18-year-old Australian boy named Matthew Allen was recently discovered by hikers after spending 9 weeks lost in the bush -- during a record heatwave reaching temperatures of 113 degrees. 9 weeks!?!? 113 degrees!?!? I can't even imagine surviving 9 DAYS under those conditions. Granted, the poor kid wasn't in particularly great shape when the hikers found him: Allen was reportedly "highly disoriented, partly blinded, covered in leeches, and suffering from gangrene." Over the course of 9 weeks, he also lost approximately 90 pounds -- half of his body weight. Oh my god, oh my god, oh my god.

How on earth did this kid live through such an insanely harrowing and miserable ordeal?! Well, that's sort of the strangest part of this horrible story -- besides apparently drinking water from a muddy stream, no one really knows how he survived.

An accounting student who, according to a family friend, "wanted to run away from his life," Matthew Allen left home with nothing but some basic camping equipment and a small amount of food. He didn't take his cell phone -- nor did he tell anyone where he was going. Ironically, Allen was found only 220 yards away from a residential area which was somehow blocked from his view.

Although I have to wonder -- maybe he knew how close he was to civilization? "He didn't want to be found," added the family friend. Allen reportedly suffers from mental health issues and is currently undergoing treatment for "exposure-related injuries;" hopefully he's receiving psychiatric help, too (hell, an experience like that would GIVE a person mental health issues!). 

Here's hoping he gets well soon -- and stays well. Maybe someday he can share his secrets of survival with the rest of us.

Have you ever heard of someone surviving something like this?


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jalaz77 jalaz77

No. He still may not survive. He has lost so much reserve. One thing is he will have permanent damage. Hope he pulls through and gets help.

bubba258 bubba258

No he wasn't lost in the outback!!!!! He was in the bush just north of Sydney, about 2km from his home When found he was about 200metres from a housing estate..SHEEISH yanks and sensationalism!!!

Karla C. Mulrenan

Yea, I Shouldnt Be Alive is one of my favorite shows. Its crazy what kind of enviroments the human body can fight to survive in.  I Hope he lives. 

nonmember avatar JB

I love the picture that goes with this article. It looks like the Olgas which are in the middle of Australia in the Northern Territory - not too many leeches out there.

This boy was lost in dense bush (forest) in north Sydney about 1800 miles from this picture.

lexis... lexishandRyason

he is not a KID.. he is an adult.


Angie... AngieHayes

Yanks, its a word I don't mind being called, honestly.

Amanda Thomas

At 18 he isn't a "boy"...he's an ADULT.  Good grief, The Stir...stop these phoney headlines.

Simone Green

OMG BOY? I would not consider an 18 year old exactly a boy.


Maevelyn Maevelyn

How is 18 a boy?

Andre... Andreamom001

How did he survive?  He drank water to keep from dehydration and he slowly starved.  People can live a long time without food.  I doubt there were any deadly beasts nearby to attack him, so all he needed was water, and he got that.  Doesn't sound like this young MAN was in the wilderness, either.  Just in some brsh near town.

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