Man in Italy survives arrow that pierces his heart

Doctors said they saved him with an "exceptional" procedure.

May 21, 2019, 3:01 PM

ROME -- Doctors in Italy performed a complicated surgery to remove an arrow that was embedded 12 inches into a patient’s heart.

The 47-year-man old arrived at Molinette Hospital in Turin, Italy, conscious with the arrow protruding from his left chest. It is not exactly known what the man was doing when the accident occurred.

PHOTO: An Italian man survived surgery in a Turin, Italy hospital to remove an arrow in his chest that had punctured his heart and lung.
An Italian man survived surgery in a Turin, Italy hospital to remove an arrow in his chest that had punctured his heart and lung.
Ospedale Molinette

The surgery team was able to remove the arrow and avoid further massive bleeding. The doctors said the "exceptional" procedure was a complete success.

PHOTO: An Italian man survived surgery in a Turin, Italy hospital to remove an arrow in his chest that had punctured his heart and lung.
An Italian man survived surgery in a Turin, Italy hospital to remove an arrow in his chest that had punctured his heart and lung.
Ospedale Molinette

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