Construction worker impaled by two iron rods, one inches from heart, miraculously survives

Two iron rods impaled Mumbai construction worker Rajendra Pal when he slipped and fell onto them at a building site, with one of the rods going straight through his liver.

Somehow, Pal survived.

Once on the scene, emergency crews had to saw the two rods off the pillar they were attached to just to get the 21-year old worker to the hospital.

"The patient was conscious when he was brought to the hospital.  Dr Jitendra Sankpal, senior surgeon at GT hospital told India news agency Newslion.

Rajendra Pal having the steel rods removed in hospital. See SWNS story SWROD; Indian doctors have saved the life of a 21-year-old man who fell off an under construction building and got himself impaled on iron rods that pierced through his chest that miraculously missed his heart but puncturing the liver.  The incident happened on January 12 around 7pm when Rajendra Pal, a construction worker from West Bengal, slipped and fell off the roof of a building at a construction site in Nariman Point, Mumbai. Fortunately, Pal did not suffer any fatal injuries as the rods did not puncture most of his vital organs. Hearing the loud thud and the cries of Pal, his fellow workers rushed to the spot. They soon informed the police and fire brigade about the accident. The rescue time arrived at short notice, cut the rods off the pillar and managed to rush him to the state-run GT hospital.  According to the hospital authorities, the rods had caused penetrating trauma to chest and abdomen, patient was rescued by fire brigade after cutting the 12mm construction iron rods. Dr Jitendra Sankpal, senior surgeon at GT hospital, said: "The patient was conscious when he was brought to the hospital. Two 5-ft-long iron rods pierced his abdomen and chest. However, the man was lucky as the rods did not puncture his lungs or other vital organs. When the patient was brought in, his condition was critical. On inspection, we discovered there were two 12mm iron rods, each 75cm long had penetrated through his chest and upper abdomen.

Emergency crews had to saw the two rods off the pillar they were attached to.  (© Newslions / SWNS)

Sankpal said the two iron rods measuring two-and-a-half feet each pierced his abdomen and chest.

"However, the man was lucky as the rods did not puncture his lungs or other vital organs," he said.

The doctor added that "It was a very difficult operation. The first rod that came out though his chest barely missed the patient's heart by one inch.

The surgeon said his patient “is out of danger now” following a three-hour surgery.

Rajendra Pal having the steel rods removed in hospital. See SWNS story SWROD; Indian doctors have saved the life of a 21-year-old man who fell off an under construction building and got himself impaled on iron rods that pierced through his chest that miraculously missed his heart but puncturing the liver.  The incident happened on January 12 around 7pm when Rajendra Pal, a construction worker from West Bengal, slipped and fell off the roof of a building at a construction site in Nariman Point, Mumbai. Fortunately, Pal did not suffer any fatal injuries as the rods did not puncture most of his vital organs. Hearing the loud thud and the cries of Pal, his fellow workers rushed to the spot. They soon informed the police and fire brigade about the accident. The rescue time arrived at short notice, cut the rods off the pillar and managed to rush him to the state-run GT hospital.  According to the hospital authorities, the rods had caused penetrating trauma to chest and abdomen, patient was rescued by fire brigade after cutting the 12mm construction iron rods. Dr Jitendra Sankpal, senior surgeon at GT hospital, said: "The patient was conscious when he was brought to the hospital. Two 5-ft-long iron rods pierced his abdomen and chest. However, the man was lucky as the rods did not puncture his lungs or other vital organs. When the patient was brought in, his condition was critical. On inspection, we discovered there were two 12mm iron rods, each 75cm long had penetrated through his chest and upper abdomen.

The two iron rods measuring two-and-a-half feet each pierced his abdomen and chest.  (© Newslions / SWNS)

Rajendra had arrived in Mumbai from West Bengal just two days before the accident. His cousin Dhan Parmar told Newslion, “He wanted to take up the job. So, we permitted him to come to Mumbai.

“We are scared this has happen only in two days. Luckily, my relative has survived.”