After one of his catches got caught in his windpipe, an Egyptian fisherman nearly lost his life, making it almost impossible for him to breathe or recover the fish.
Doctors in the emergency room of a hospital in Beni Suef, Egypt, were surprised earlier this month to discover that a patient who had been brought in with symptoms such as shortness of breath and trouble breathing, had a fish trapped in his throat.
They found that the fish was trapped at the entrance to the trachea after inspecting the man, leaving only enough room for a little air to move through and preventing the man from suffocating before he even entered the hospital.
Endoscopic surgery was performed and the doctors managed to remove the fish that El-Ain reported was still alive! Dr. Ali Al-Hajri, an ear, nose, and throat specialist who managed to extract the fish from the throat of the patient, told Egypt’s Channel One television channel that he would have suffocated if the man had been brought in just a few minutes later.
Luckily, the operation was a success, and apart from some minor bleeding, the patient is fine and should make a full recovery.
So how does someone get a live fish stuck in their throat?
Well, in this case, the patient, a 40-year-old fisherman from the village of Snur, on the banks of the Nile, told doctors that he had just caught a small fish when he noticed that the line of another fishing rod was pulling. Desperate to not let his second catch getaway, he quickly put the first fish in his mouth so he could free up his hands…
You don’t have to be a genius to figure out what happened next. The live, slippery fish managed to wiggle its way out of the man’s bite and got stuck in his throat. Luckily, it left a bit of space for air to get in through, which kept the fisherman alive until he was transported to the hospital.