Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Only In The Country...

Pretty amazing story.....
At the local children's hospital last week, we got a call about an incoming trauma from a outlying small town city. A mother and son were driving home from school. They were in a truck. The 11 year old boy was in the back seat of the truck. In the bed of the truck was a 5 foot crowbar. Before this event, I had no clue what a crowbar was. Apparently it is a huge, heavy metal bar with a sharp end. It weighed about 65 pounds.
While parked at a red light, a car rear ended them from behind. The pry bar went THROUGH the back of the car, THROUGH the boys backpack (with 3 textbooks in it), THROUGH his back and out of his stomach, then THROUGH his thigh (his legs were sitting up on the seat), THROUGH the front seat, and INTO his mother's back! The mom was able to get free, but it took firefighters and paramedics about 2 hours to get the boy free. They cut the bars length, but it was still going through his back and then through his legs. Amazingly, he was quiet stable. He was a little hefty, so it mostly when through the side fat of his back. We stabalized him in the ER and he was off to surgery. Last I checked, mother and son were doing great.

-ER Doc

9 comments:

Elizabeth B. Alexander said...

That is a huge friggen crow bar. Glad everyone is okay.

TOTWTYTR said...

About 25 years ago the same thing happened in Boston. Only it went through the guy's skull. He was extricated and treated by Boston EMS and Fire, transported to Boston City Hospital and survived.

Technically, that's not a crow bar, but I forget the actual name for it. They are used in construction.

There was also a case, ironically also in Boston, in 1848 that is all over the medical literature. THAT one was a little bit before my time, rumors to the contrary notwithstanding.

Fortunately the combination of weight and low speed seems to push aside organs and reduce mortality.

Elizabeth B. Alexander said...

Rebar, perhaps?

TOTWTYTR said...

No, rebar is totally different. The bars I've used are about 6 feet of solid steel and weigh over 50 pounds. They have a point at one end and are flattened at the other for prying heavy items.

This one, http://tinyurl.com/csgk7e is only 5 feet long, but they come in 6 and 7 foot lengths too. The 5 foot one is the one that impaled the kid.

Anonymous said...

I've usually heard those refered to as pry bars in my area but not alot of people seem to be in need of them in the suburbs of this area, guess too many developments.

Also TOTWTYTR, are you refering to the case of Phineas Gage?

Anonymous said...

OMG this is like something out of Greys anatomy!!!

little d, S.N. said...

We always called them "prybars" up in the Frozen Northlands.

SN Cracker said...

In the north they are known as pry bars.Here in the south they are known as rock bars because you use them more to smash rocks than pry. A crow bar has a hook at one end and the other end is slightly curved. Also, crow bars are rarely over three feet long. Great blog by the way.

Loren Pechtel said...

I have no idea what they are actually called but I own one--given our hard, rocky soil it's the only way to plant a tree short of power tools.