Extreme healthcare after freak accident

By Reuters Staff
June 14, 2012

The accident happened in Shuangxi, Fujian province, when the steel bars accidentally broke
and popped out from a machine, piercing through the worker’s body at around 3pm on
June 11.

The worker was sent to a hospital in Hangzhou, where the picture was taken, as the operation
could not be done at a local hospital. The surgery started around nine hours after the
accident happened and was a success after more than five hours.

The photo was taken during the first phase of the operation, to shorten the steel bars, as the
firefighter advised on how to dissect them. The co-workers helped to hold the bars with pliers
and used a steel carving machine under supervision by the doctors.

The doctors and medical staff provided medicine to the worker and used salt water to lower
the temperature of the steel bars. After the bars were shortened, the worker was moved to an
operating room where the remaining pieces were removed from his body.

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