The Man Turned into a Balloon….
The morning newspaper today reported of an unfortunate accident, A New Zealand truck driver fell backwards with some force on to the fitting which pierced his buttock and started forcing air in through the wound at 100 pounds per square inch. Unable to move the man had no choice but to lie there as his body became increasingly inflated like a balloon. Luckily his workmates nearby heard his screams and came to help him, he suffered moderate injuries but lived to see another day.
He was was standing on his truck’s foot plate Saturday when he slipped and fell, breaking a compressed air hose off an air reservoir that powered the truck’s brakes.
He fell hard onto the brass fitting, which pierced his left buttock and started pumping air into his body
“I felt the air rush into my body and I felt like it was going to explode from my foot,” he told local media from his hospital bed in the town of Whakatane, on North Island’s east coast.
“I was blowing up like a football,” he said. “I had no choice but just to lay there, blowing up like a balloon.”
McCormack’s workmates heard his screams and ran to him, quickly releasing a safety valve to stop the air flow, said Robbie Petersen, co-owner of the trucking company.
He was rushed to the hospital with terrible swelling and fluid in one lung. Doctors said the air had separated fat from muscle in McCormack’s body, but had not entered his bloodstream.
McCormack, 48, said his skin felt “like a pork roast” – crackling on the outside but soft underneath
I am surprised he did not die from air getting into his blood stream, he’s also lucky it pierced his butt anywhere else would have been catastrophic, would have resulted in internal injuries or probably have crushed all his organs and met a terrible end. He is one lucky man, i guess an instant celebrity.
Me wonder how are they going get all that gas out…. :0) i guess the natural way…..