A man was nailed to the ground after being impaled with a 36-inch crowbar when he fell off a shed roof.
The unnamed 51-year-old, thought to be from Leicester, was repairing the tin roof of the out-house before the bizarre accident.
He fell off the 10-foot (3m) shed while holding his crowbar, which became lodged in the ground by 11.8inches (30cm).
The man then landed on the crowbar, which impaled him and perforated his bowel, according to the bizarre tale published in a medical journal.
He survived the freak accident after being taken to hospital by air ambulance where surgeons successfully removed the crowbar from his stomach.
An unamed 51-year-old man, thought to be from England, impaled himself with a 36-inch-crowbar after falling off a shed roof he was repairing
The crowbar which perforated the man’s bowel after he fell ten foot from a shed roof
The man said: ‘I just could not believe how lucky I was to be alive. I had tears in my eyes and I felt so much gratitude for the emergency services who saved my life.
‘After the accident I thought, I’ve got through this, I can get through anything and I don’t let the small stuff bother me anymore.’
Recalling the event in the BMJ Case Reports, the anonymous man said: ‘While working on the roof, I remember holding the crowbar in my left hand.
‘As I was removing nails, the whole metal sheet started to slide. I started to back-peddle as fast as I could in an attempt to stay on the moving roof, but I couldn’t stop myself from falling.’
The crowbar, seen being held by a surgeon on the right, entered the man’s body just under his ribs, and began to exit his abdomen muscle, under his belly button
The crowbar, seen exiting the man’s body, only caused three injuries to his small bowel
The man fell with his arm outstretched, with the crowbar still in his hand.
On impact, he fell onto the crowbar which entered into his left side under the ribs, through his stomach, and partially coming out of his abdomen muscles.
The bar went through the soil underneath him, fixing him to the ground where he lay in and out of consciousness.
He said: ‘I saw the crowbar sticking up through my chest. It was hard to breathe.
‘I knew I was in serious danger, but I remained calm. I was thinking about my dog in case I never made it home again.
‘My memories of the incident break up into weird segments like a slow-motion film after that. I think I was slipping in and out of consciousness.’
It is not clear how long the man was there for, or who called for help.
An air ambulance medical team arrived at the scene, where they struggled to figure out the logistics of rescuing the man.
They used garden tools to safely remove the part of the crowbar buried into the ground.
The medical team used garden tools to move the man, but attempted to cut it afterwards. They were not able to, and instead sat awkwardly in the air ambulance to keep it stabilised
But then the team needed to cut the bar short so that the man could be transported to hospital.
The report notes that they considered various options, as twisting or vibrating the bar could further injure the man, who was sedated with ketamine.
Drunk British man, 53, perforates his bowel after ‘losing control’ of a 77cm bendy sex toy up his anus
The new tale in the BMJ Case Reports comes after a similar, but more bizarre one, last winter.
A British man perforated his bowel after inserting an ‘unusually large’ 77cm-long sex toy in his anus, the report said.
The patient, whose name is unknown, used the bendy object for sexual gratification when he was drunk.
Doctors revealed he ‘lost control’ of the toy because he was intoxicated, allowing it to get stuck inside his rectum.
Surgeons removed the sex toy and also cut out 20cm of his large intestine, including the part that was torn.
The patient spent nine days hooked up to feeding tubes in hospital and was fitted with a stoma bag to stop waste passing through his colon.
The events prompted experts to warn that inserting objects can be ‘highly dangerous’.
They tried a pedal cutter tool, but after several attempts, it didn’t work and other options were considered too high risk.
The team took the man to the air ambulance through to a car park by breaking down a fence, as the alleyway was too narrow for the crowbar to fit.
Inside the ambulance, the team changed the way they normally sat to accommodate for the strange situation, using various objects to stabilise the crowbar on the journey.
At hospital, the man was taken straight to theatre, where surgeons took over.
The crowbar had only damaged his small bowel in three places, according to the report.
But the removal of the bar posed a huge list of more potential injuries, not only his stomach organs, but to his lung, heart, diaphragm and major vessels.
Although the report does not detail the operation, it revealed that a full CT scan the next day showed the man did not sustain any more injuries.
He was discharged nine days later after making a full recovery, and even visited the air ambulance team to thank them for his life.
He said: ‘The air ambulance service has been great. I went to the airbase to meet the team. It was so good to talk to them and it was like coming full circle after the fall.
‘My injuries have healed, thanks to the incredible care I received.
‘I’m in a new job that I love and life is good. I’ll always be grateful to the incredible team who came to my rescue that day.
‘And I’ve kept the crowbar by the stairs in my house as a reminder of how lucky I am to still be here.’