Saturday, 20. December 2014
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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."
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