A woman who impaled herself on the metallic stem of an artificial Christmas tree says she "owes her life" to the medical team who cared for her, as dramatic scans of the horrific accident have been released.
The shocking images form part of a case study in medical journal Clinical Case Reports on the importance of swift hospital responses to traumatic injuries and show where the pole pieced the unnamed woman's left butt cheek to lodge itself in her pelvis.
The unfortunate woman from Newry, Northern Ireland had been putting up Christmas decorations when she fell from a stepladder onto the metallic base of an artificial Christmas tree which then impaled her, reports the Sun.
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It took the fire brigade an hour and half to cut the metal pole off so the 54-year-old could fit into the CT scanner.
She was transferred to her local major trauma centre for surgery, however she suffered significant delays due to what the report identifies as a "lack of clear transfer pathways”.
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One of the paper's authors and medic at Daisy Hill Hospital Dimitrios Angelou noted that "despite the impressive mechanism of injury, there was no immediate life-threatening bleed”.
The paper did not include details on how the pole was removed, or how long the woman's recovery was, but the woman did sing the praises of the medics who cared it took the patient to recover, from the ambulance team to the hospital staff.
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She wrote: “Just want to add that I received excellent care and attention from ambulance to hospital.
“All staff at hospital were extremely kind and supportive and simply owe my life to them.
“The aftercare from my local community was incredible also.
“The whole accident was a very worrying time for my family but fortunately I've recovered fully. Thank you so much.”
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