A recent event was one of the oddest cases with a happy ending that doctors have experienced. It all started when a British angler age 28 felt content with his catch and wanted to kiss it. The fish in question was a Dover sole. The being deemed that its only escape was through fisher’s mouth. Therefore, it literally jumped for its chance.
The Dover Sole Was Close to the Man’s Face as the Angler Wanted to Kiss It
The man was on a fishing trip in Boscombe, England when the darndest thing happened. One moment after he was happy for his catch he started choking. That’s because the anonymous man swallowed a living 6-inch long Dover sole by accident. Better said, the fish leaped right down his throat.
The creature blocked the angler’s respiratory tract. Eventually, the man’s heart stopped. However, paramedics proved quick to act. They managed to withdraw the fish with a forceps. The operation took place in an ambulance on the way to the hospital. This is how they saved the angler’s life.
Matt Harrison is a member of the emergency team that saved the British man. He stated that the ambulance reached the place in up to two minutes. When they arrived, the man’s friend was already performing CPR.
“…as we questioned them further we were told he had a whole fish stuck in his windpipe.”
Paramedics realized that they had to do something in the two-minute window they needed to reach the Royal Bournemouth Hospital. Once he checked the patient, Harrison knew he had one chance to remove the fish.
The Angler Made a Full Recovery
First, he extended angler’s throat with a laryngoscope. Afterwards, he caught the tail of the fish with a McGills forceps. The extraction proved difficult as the Dover sole was stuck due to barbs and gills. Eventually, the fish came out unharmed.
The angler reached the hospital and was aware enough to answer some questions. He is safe from risks of complications after his cardiac arrest. Since the incident, the man made a full recovery.
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