STINGER OUT OF HIS HEART IS NOT A NAIL GUN
Australian zookeeper and television sensation, Steve Irwin died in 2006 following a freak accident in which a stingray bit him in the chest and he subsequently pulled the stinger out of his heart. This is what Doug Bergeson thought about when he was framing in a fireplace at his home in the Green Bay area, after he accidentally shot himself with a nail gun. You know it was scary when the nail moved with his heartbeat.
THE NAIL MOVED WITH HIS HEARTBEAT
He explained that he was bringing the nail gun forward but didn’t have quite enough room and fired because he was standing in an awkward manner. It fired once when he wasn’t ready for it, and a second time again once it crashed on the floor. The second nail rebounded off a piece of wood and hit Bergeson in the chest. He thought it was just a small nick. He looked down and didn’t see anything initially. Until he lifted up his shirt. The 3.5-inch nail was embedded in his chest with about an inch of the nail sticking out. He could see that it moved with each heartbeat. Bergeson described it twitching with every heartbeat.
THE GUY DROVE HIMSELF TO A MEDICAL CENTER
He then drove himself to the closest medical center in Green Bay where he underwent emergency open-heart surgery. The cardiothoracic surgeon who performed the surgery said that the foreign object was extremely close to his heart, within an eighth of an inch. Had he been standing at a different angle or if his heart was in a different beating cycle he may have had the opposite outcome. He stayed only two days in the hospital and has had no serious effects post-accident and surgery. All this to say, he is feeling much better. He insists that now he is going back to being cautious when working with any of his construction tools. He said it didn’t really hurt, but would prefer not to go through the ordeal again.