29 Nov 2016

Impossible! Doctors Remove Man's Heart From His Body After He Shot Himself Twice With Crossbow (Photo)

A man who shocked people by shooting himself two times in his heart has received incredible treatment from doctors.

Some doctors have temporarily removed the heart of a man who nearly killed himself with a crossbow.

The heart of the man who had shot himself twice in the chest with the crossbow, was removed by doctors to perform an incredible life-saving operation.

According to Daily Star UK, Cardiac surgeons carried out the high-tech operation which involved taking the man's heart out of his body, repairing the damage and then replacing it in his chest.

The 53-year-old, whose name has not been released, was rushed to hospital in Russia's second city of St Petersburg with two arrows stuck in his heart.

He was still conscious and told medics that he had tried to commit suicide because he did not want to live anymore.

He had shot himself a second time after he was shocked to find that he had not succeeded in killing himself with his first attempt.

The arrows were so long that doctors had to cut off the ends of the shafts so that he could be x-rayed for a tomography.

One of the arrows had passed through the man's left ventricle, mitral valve and left atrium, while the second one had entered from the side of his abdominal aorta.

The man was first taken to St Petersburg's GBUZ Elizabethan Hospital but it did not have the facilities or expert staff needed to treat him so he was transferred to the Federal Almazov North-West Medical Research Centre.

Cardiac surgeons there carried out the high-tech surgery to temporarily remove the heart in a cardiopulmonary bypass.

They kept their patient alive with a heart-lung machine while they removed the arrows and then sewed up the wounds using his own heart tissue.

Doctors described the man’s condition as "stable but serious".

He is believed to have shot himself with the crossbow at his flat in the Primorsky district of the city.

Police are looking into the incident and have declined to comment further pending the outcome of their investigation.

While local media reported that the projectiles were arrows, it is unclear if they were indeed arrows or bolts, and exactly how long they were. Most experts agree that bolts measure less than 16 inches.

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