Man impaled on crowbar saved by hospital trauma team

Chris Bateman


A cool-as-a-cucumber Carltonville mine engineer walked out of hospital 19 days after being impaled from groin to upper back by a 2-metre, 2 cm-thick industrial crowbar, his survival and recovery due to his presence of mind, and world-class trauma surgery. The crowbar pierced three of his body cavities – his pelvis, abdomen and chest – missing his heart by 5 cm and destroying a kidney.

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Chris Bateman, Health and Medical Publishing Group, South Africa

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Crowbar; Impalement; Trauma surgery; Mining; South Africa

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South African Medical Journal 2015;105(10):802-804. DOI:10.7196/SAMJnew.8603

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Date submitted: 2015-09-18
Date published: 2015-09-18

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