By Alexandria Hein
Published June 10, 2019
WARNING: GRAPHIC IMAGES BELOW
A painter in India who fell off a ladder and landed on a bamboo pole is lucky to be alive after surgeons worked for hours to remove it safely from his chest. The man, identified as 38-year-old Panchanana Pradhan, was reportedly seven feet in the air on June 2 when one of the bamboo ladder’s rungs gave way, SWNS reported.
He fell and landed on his side on a 2-foot-long shard of bamboo, which according to surgeons pierced through his skin on an angle upward into his chest just inches away from his heart. Pradhan was rushed to a hospital and was then transferred to a larger facility 170 miles away in Cuttack, according to SWNS.
“The patient was having breathlessness and pain in the abdomen," Dr. Srikanta Panda, Pradhan’s surgeon at Srirama Chandra Bhanja Medical College and Hospital, told SWNS. “He was operated under general anesthesia. After opening the abdomen almost a liter of blood bled out and the bamboo stick was found.”
According to Panda, his patient’s stomach was cut by an iron nail that was sticking out from the bamboo.
“The bamboo stick was extracted gently with precision,” he said, according to SWNS.
Pradhan remains hospitalized but is expected to be “discharged soon.”
Last month, surgeons at another hospital in Uttar Pradesh, India, miraculously saved a motorist who was impaled by a 2.5-foot-long iron spike when he collided with a pickup truck. That patient, identified only as Narendra, had the spike, which went through the right side of his chest and out his upper back, removed in a three-hour surgery.