by Lidija Drakulic

Anatoli was a former Soviet researcher. He then went on to work for The Institute for High Energy Physics. He was working on the largest particle accelerator at that time, in 1978. A sudden malfunction forced Anatoli to lean over a piece of equipment and to look inside of the proton beam chamber. The safety mechanisms failed and they did not turn off the beam. It went straight through his head at a speed that was faster than light. He claimed he saw a flash that was brighter than a thousand suns. He felt no pain, but his face swelled up and his skin began to peel off. He survived and did not lose any intelligence. However, he gets easily fatigued and he cannot hear through his left ear. He also has occasional seizures.