Doctor Roberto Canessa recalls having to devour his friends to avoid starvation four decades after the accident that transformed his life. After their jet crashed in the Andes Mountains between Chile and Argentina on October 13, 1972, Roberto was one of sixteen persons who survived. They were rescued after 72 days of fending for themselves in the middle of nowhere. Canessa was a medical student at the time, and he was just nineteen years old. On board, there were 45 individuals, five of them were crew members. Members of the Christian Rugby Football Club rugby squad and a few members of the players’ families made up the remaining forty. According to Doctor Roberto, the only thing that kept him alive was the idea of his mother and the wish to spare her the pain of his death. Roberto said he didn’t have an option when he had to resort to cannibalism. They were at an area where all they could see was snow, a place where people had no business being. Because there was no foliage or smaller living organisms to prey upon, even wild animals were an uncommon sight.