Doctors at Lam Dong General Hospital in the eponymous province in Vietnam's Central Highlands region successfully performed surgery to save a worker who suffered an occupational accident resulting in two iron bars piercing through his abdomen up to the shoulder earlier this week.
The hospital announced on Tuesday that the worker, 27-year-old Ngo Xuan Q., living in Lam Dong’s Da Lat City, still requires vigilant observation to avoid any potential complexities arising from organ injuries despite surviving the critical phase.
Q. was admitted to the hospital on Sunday with two iron bars, which are often used to build house foundations, impaling his body and his respiratory condition progressively deteriorating.
|The X-ray result of Ngo Xuan Q. at Lam Dong General Hospital in Lam Dong Province, Vietnam. Photo: V.T. / Tuoi Tre|
One bar penetrated his body from the hip to the shoulder blade, making contact with the neck, and the other bar pierced from the front to the back of the shoulder.
The man’s family said he suffered a workplace accident as a construction worker.
His colleagues used a chainsaw to shorten the iron bars to around 35-50 centimeters long before taking Q. to the hospital.
|Surgeons operate on Ngo Xuan Q. at Lam Dong General Hospital in Lam Dong Province, Vietnam. Photo: V.T. / Tuoi Tre|
Following the preoperative assessment, doctors determined that the bars punctured the patient’s lungs, diaphragm, and liver.
The doctors carried out surgery to successfully remove the iron bars from the patient.