A man in India has survived after being stabbed with a bizarre weapon, a one-and-a-half-foot-long and 15-year-old trident, during a fight that broke out at his work
A man has survived after he was stabbed in the neck with a one-and-a-half-foot-long 150-year-old trident when a fight at work got out of hand.
Bhaskar Ram, 33, became involved in a fight with two men at his workplace in Kalyani, India, when he was struck with the bizarre weapon.
The weapon entered on the right side of his neck, travelling all the way through, exiting on the left side of his neck.
Despite claiming he could feel no pain, a local source said he was rushed to the local hospital November 28 but was then transferred to a specialist hospital 65 km away to receive further treatment.
The medical staff at Kolkata NRS Medical College in West Bengal woke up surgeon Dr Pranabashish Banerjee especially to carry out the surgery to remove the trident from Ram’s neck.
The operation took over an hour but was successful. Despite the precarious position of the weapon that managed to miss his spinal cord, Ram is said to have made a remarkable recovery.
Dr Banerjee, an associate professor at the NRS Medical College said: “There was no sign of blood or injury which took me to surprise.
“Only traces of blood were found outside his mouth.
“A team of doctors was formed which included Dr Arpita Mahanti, Dr Sutirtha Saha and Dr Madhurima, an anaesthetist.
“We first conducted a supportive surgery by placing a tracheostomy tube in the airway for breathing and then started our surgery.
“None of the vital structures were injured as the rod had miraculously missed the vital organs that included the carotid, internal jugular vein, trachea, oesophagus, larynx, vertebra and the spinal cord.
“The patient has recovered well and we are gradually removing the supporting tubes.
“The tracheostomy tube was removed and the nasogastric tube will be removed once the MRI report arrives.”