Wednesday, 20. August 2014
10. 07. 14. - 15:15
This Chinese builder is lucky to be alive after slipping off scaffolding and toppling onto a steel reinforcement rod poking out of concrete that pierced his chest and missed his heart by less than a centimetre.
Speaking from his hospital bed where he was recovering after surgery Tao Hao, 50, said: "I remember walking along the platform and leaning backwards where I thought there was a support bar, except it wasn't there, and I toppled down only about a metre but I fell onto a steel rod. It pierced my chest and I couldn't move after that."
He said that it had been agony and he had wanted to try and pull it out but that his two workmates Song Ting and Bao Tai had grabbed him, and told him to keep still and wait for rescue services to arrive.
He said: "I thought I was going to pass out, it was agony, but they kept on talking to me and reassuring me and stopping me from panicking."
Firemen and paramedics who were called to the construction site in the Jiang’an District of the city of Wuhan, in central China's Hubei province, realised it would be impossible to pull out the one metre steel rod from the man's chest and instead cut it free from the concrete. He was then taken on a stretcher to an ambulance and driven to hospital.
Doctors at the hospital then removed the rod in a four hour operation, keeping the man in hospital afterwards so they could spot any signs of infection that may have come from dirt left in his body from the rusty steel rod.
Surgeon Yan Sijun said: "He was incredibly lucky because the steel rod missed both his heart and all of the major blood vessels by a hair's breadth. If it had caught one of those he would have died within a minute. He is still not out of the woods yet but we are optimistic that he will make a full recovery."
Mum And Daughter Struck By Lightning In Pool
A mother and her daughter were hospitalised after they were struck by lightning – in a swimming pool.
Police Nab Porn Star Who Filmed In Local Church
A woman accused of making a porn movie in a local church has been caught after an informant tipped off police that he recognised her by her breasts after an appeal for information.
Young Hip Hop Dancer Gets 18 Years For Drug Smuggling
A blonde hip hop dancer and charity worker promised an international career after she was spotted by a talent scout has been jailed for 18 years in Indonesia after her work offer turned out to have been part of an elaborate drugs con.
Teen Dying Of Cancer Killed At Charity Event After Ride In Porsche Goes Wrong
The family of a sick boy who was offered a trip in a high-performance Porsche because he was dying of cancer is suing the charity after the Porsche he was travelling in crashed head-on into oncoming traffic.
Japanese Pervert Planned Natascha Kampusch Style Kidnap
A Japanese man inspired by Austrian pervert Wolfgang Priklopil kidnapped a 10-year-old girl and kept her in a purpose-built cellar where he planned to train her to become the perfect wife.
German Hiker Yodels For Help After Getting Trapped In Cattle Grid
A portly hiker dressed in traditional Lederhosen was rescued after he yodeled for help after getting stuck for three hours in a cattle grid.
Austrian Wine Grower Sets New Record For Maturing Grapes
An award-winning Austrian winegrower is believed to have set a new record after leaving harvested grapes for an incredible nine months before fermenting them to create an ultra-sweet white and red wine.
Austrian Castle Owner Shocked By Airplane Wheel In Duck Pond
An Austrian castle owner got a shock after discovering this massive aircraft wheel had landed in his duck pond.
Glock Receives Austrian Award At Birthday Party
Austrian gun maker Gaston Glock has celebrated his 85th birthday with a huge ceremony in which the charitable work of himself and his wife Kathrin was honoured with a top Austrian award, and confirmation that this year two streets and a business park are to be named after him.
Sausage Surprise As Giant Wurst Is Pinched
Austrian police are hunting crooks who broke open a market stall and stole a 1.5 metre sausage worth over 2,000 EUR in the picture postcard village of St Michael in the region of Lungau.
The most popular stories –
last 7 days
|Mum And Daughter Struck By Lightning In Pool|
|Prehistoric Hottie On Show In China|
|Starving Wolves Attack Village In China|
|Forged Greek Coins Worth 150,000 EUR Found In Romania|
|Truck Tries To Tow Ambulance Treating Car Crash Victim|
Why suffer in silence. Let off steam by letting our readers share your troubles. File your complaints about anything and everything here.
Our ombudsman David Rogers will try and help solve some of the problems from lazy civil servants through to incompetent companies – and at the very least the worst transgressors will end up in our weekly special report.