Italian Man Survives Arrow Through the Heart (GRAPHIC)

It’s a miracle that this man survived.

A man in Turin, Italy survived an arrow through his heart after a number of surgeries. There’s no word on how this gruesome accident happened, but there are plenty of details on the medical procedure that saved his life.


Image from Molinette hospital

Here’s what the press release said (Translated from Italian to English with Goolge Translate)

Tonight a man with a heart and a lung was pierced from side to side with a dart with an unprecedented intervention, was saved at the Cardiac Surgery of the Molinette Hospital of the City of Health in Turin. A case of exceptional rarity. A 47-year-old man arrived in the emergency room of the hospital in Aosta after using a crossbow. In practice, the man was pierced by a dart of over 30 cm in his chest for reasons still in the course of investigation. Even more incredibly, in addition to the thoracic wall, the blunt instrument has 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 patient has always been awake. Removing the dart from its location could have defused uncontrollable bleeding. The heads of the 118 operations center in Piedmont coordinated a helicopter rescue operation at the Molinette Hospital of the City of Health in Turin, where the University Cardiac Surgery team led by Professor Mauro Rinaldi, previously alerted and activated, conducted a life-saving cardiac surgery. After the establishment of an extracorporeal emergency circulation to support cardio-respiratory functions, it was possible to extract the dart from the heart and repair cardio-pulmonary lesions. The operation was perfectly successful and the patient was already extubated and woken up a few hours later. The heads of the 118 operations center in Piedmont coordinated a helicopter rescue operation at the Molinette Hospital of the City of Health in Turin, where the University Cardiac Surgery team led by Professor Mauro Rinaldi, previously alerted and activated, conducted a life-saving cardiac surgery. After the establishment of an extracorporeal emergency circulation to support cardio-respiratory functions, it was possible to extract the dart from the heart and repair cardio-pulmonary lesions. The operation was perfectly successful and the patient was already extubated and woken up a few hours later. The heads of the 118 operations center in Piedmont coordinated a helicopter rescue operation at the Molinette Hospital of the City of Health in Turin, where the University Cardiac Surgery team led by Professor Mauro Rinaldi, previously alerted and activated, conducted a life-saving cardiac surgery. After the establishment of an extracorporeal emergency circulation to support cardio-respiratory functions, it was possible to extract the dart from the heart and repair cardio-pulmonary lesions. The operation was perfectly successful and the patient was already extubated and woken up a few hours later. University cardiac surgery team led by Professor Mauro Rinaldi, previously alerted and activated, conducted a life-saving cardiac surgery. After the establishment of an extracorporeal emergency circulation to support cardio-respiratory functions, it was possible to extract the dart from the heart and repair cardio-pulmonary lesions. The operation was perfectly successful and the patient was already extubated and woken up a few hours later. University cardiac surgery team led by Professor Mauro Rinaldi, previously alerted and activated, conducted a life-saving cardiac surgery. After the establishment of an extracorporeal emergency circulation to support cardio-respiratory functions, it was possible to extract the dart from the heart and repair cardio-pulmonary lesions. The operation was perfectly successful and the patient was already extubated and woken up a few hours later.

A similar case is to be considered exceptional in particular for the involvement of the most critical structures of the heart, but the result is equally to be considered, linked to a synergy between multidisciplinary teams of the City of Health of Turin, which allow the optimization of intervention times and activation of resources of the regional health service, with specific reference to centers of excellence and the high specialty of modern cardiac surgery.

Normally sporting injuries are not this dramatic as you can see in this video from GillzNFinz. This “surgery” only needed a pair or pliers.

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