A 28-year-old man from Dorset county, in the U.K. nearly died after a live fish jumped down his throat following an uninspired prank.
The man had just caught a 5.5-inch dover sole and placed it over his mouth to amuse his friends. The fish, however, somehow leaped down his throat sending the unlucky fisherman into cardiac arrest.
Paramedics that arrived at the scene on October 5 said the man was down as he had stopped breathing. One of his friend was performing CPR, following the instructions of a 911 dispatcher.
Medics said the man’s airways were blocked which pushed him into cardiac arrest. Two doctors managed to save the man and get him breathing again. They praised the man’s friends for the good CPR they gave.
One of the doctors said he and his colleagues initially had no idea what foreign object blocked the man’s airways. They learned from the man’s friends that a whole fish leaped down his throat.
The Rescue Efforts
Responders connected the man to an oxygen mask, but his chest wasn’t moving, which meant that he wasn’t taking any oxygen in. When they took him to the ambulance, medics noticed he was in full cardiac arrest.
It was clear that we needed to get the fish out […],
first responder Dr. Matt Harrison said.
Doctors used a laryngoscope to widen the victim’s mouth and throat, which allowed them to detect a strange tissue in his windpipe. A McGills forceps enabled the paramedics to grab the fish by its tail and pull it out.
Harrison noted the operation was done “very carefully” as they didn’t want to break the tail off the rest of the body. The fish’s gills and barbs however tended to get stuck on the way up. Paramedics tried to retrieve the fish six times but managed to get it out in one piece.
Dr. Harrison said he has never seen anything more bizarre than that in his entire career.
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