Doctors at the Quang Ngai General Hospital in central Vietnam said on Thursday that they had successfully removed a stick of wood that had punctured the chest, lung, and four ribs of a 41-year-old patient.
The male patient, a resident of Song Ve Town, Tu Nghia District in Quang Ngai, was injured in a traffic accident with a truck carrying wood.
He was then transmitted from a local medical center to the hospital for emergency treatment after being punctured in the chest by a wood stick, breaking four ribs, perforating his lungs, and suffering heavy blood loss.
The doctors decided to perform an emergency surgery to save the patient's life.
Dr. Vo Van Thinh, head of the Gastroenterology Department, and Dr. Nguyen Thai Chan, head of the General Surgery Department, were the primary surgeons during the two-hour operation.
Doctors opened the patient's chest, removed the wood stick, stitched the lung wound to stop the bleeding, washed the chest cavity, and inserted a pleural drainage.
The patient was transfused with eight units of blood cells and plasma.
He received intensive postoperative care after the surgery.
By Thursday, the patient's condition had been stabilized but he remained at the Department of Gastroenterology for further treatment.
Previously, in 2020, the Quang Ngai Provincial General Hospital successfully saved a patient who had been perforated by a tree branch with a diameter of eight centimeters.