Miraculous: Man survives after being shot in heart with arrow

The arrow pierced the man's left ventricle and a lung.

A man whose heart and lung were pierced by an arrow has miraculously survived after doctors were able to remove the weapon during a complicated and risky operation.

The hospital released a shocking photo which shows the 12-inch arrow embedded in the man's chest near his left nipple as he lay on a bed surrounded by medics wearing plastic gloves.

The image, taken shortly after the man arrived at hospital with the ghastly injury, shows the shirtless and tattooed 47-year-old with a mask and breathing bag before he was rushed into surgery.

Medics were shocked that the man - who was awake the entire time - didn't suffer an "immediate death" when the arrow pierced his left ventricle and lung in a crossbow accident in Aosta, Italy.

A spokesperson for Molinette Hospital in Turin said: "Incredibly, in addition to the thoracic wall, the arrow pierced the left ventricle - the most important of the heart chambers - with an entry and an exit point, and then embedded in the left lung without causing immediate death."

The hospital said the man was saved by an "exceptional" operation in the heart surgery unit on Tuesday.

"Removing the arrow from its location could have resulted in uncontrollable bleeding," the spokesperson said.

A second photo released by the hospital shows the end of the arrow sticking out of the man's chest in the operating room.

Doctors carefully removed the arrow and avoided massive bleeding.

They then stitched up the cardiopulmonary perforations in one of very few operations of its kind in Italy.

The surgical team, led by Dr Mauro Rinaldi, hailed it as a "complete success".

The man miraculously survived and was woken up hours after the surgery.

The man was a general anaesthetic to send him to sleep while he was operated on.

He was woken up a few hours after the operation finished.

In a statement, Molinette Hospital described the surgery as "unprecedented" at the facility and a case of "exceptional rarity".

The exact circumstances of the man's injury were not revealed.

A hospital spokesperson said: "A 47-year-old man arrived in the emergency room of the hospital after using a crossbow."

Last month, doctors in China said a three-year-old girl was lucky to be alive after she fell on a chopstick and it went through her skull.

In the US, a 32-year-old man was rushed to hospital after he accidentally shot himself in the penis.

 


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