Amy Schumer Almost Died in High School from a Surfing Accident

"My whole fin went into my leg, and I had to yank it out."

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Imagine it: We almost lived in a world without Amy Schumer. *Shudders* The comedian and actress recently revealed to Vanity Fair (opens in new tab) (via People (opens in new tab)) that she almost died (and most definitely almost lost her leg) while surfing in high school.

"I have a pretty bad scar on my leg from surfing," she explained. "Forty-one stitches, three layers. I skegged myself. My whole fin went into my leg, and I had to yank it out. I was by myself." 

He held my leg closed with his bare hands.

After making it to the pretty desolate shore, she found a man who would help. "I was like, 'I need you to hold my leg.' I was delegating. And he held my leg closed with his bare hands—just fat and blood coming out." 

"I wish I knew who that guy was, because he saved my life, for sure. He had blue toenail polish and nail polish; he had long stringy hair. And I remember him being beautiful. Anyway, he held my leg closed." 

Bless you, man. Whoever you are. 

P.S. Skip to 6:20 to see Schumer reveal her scar:

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