ALBUQUERQUE, NEW MEXICO — A cyclist is lucky to be alive after he was impaled in the neck by a tree branch in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
A detailed report on the man’s treatment was published in the New England Journal of Medicine. The incident occurred at an unknown location and on an unspecified date, when the unidentified 40-year-old man was riding his mountain bike on a rough trail when he fell down. When he got up, he noticed he had a tree branch sticking out from his neck. Luckily, he did not take the branch out on his own.
Instead, so he rode his bike back to his car and drove himself to the nearest hospital. A CT scan revealed that the branch was about 0.6 inches deep into his neck and had narrowly missed major arteries and nerves.
Lev Deriy, a doctor who treated the man, said that the neck contains several critical structures and that the man was lucky not to have punctured any of them. Not pulling out the branch also prevented him from suffering severe blood loss.
via Tomo News