On last night's episode of “Bizarre ER,” where they roam the planet finding the most bizarre and usually disturbing emergency-room cases facing doctors and staff, one can imagine only how difficult their jobs can be. As if the cartoon-like depiction of bizarre happenings is not enough to scare you away, the true stories are sure to make one shudder. The disclaimer warns that the program contains graphic images that may be disturbing to some viewers. Disturbing is putting it mildly!
When a martial artist takes ten days to make it to an emergency room in England, he knows that his broken jaw could probably set in a wrong position. For these days, he has been constantly moving it back and forth to avoid this happening. He was in a remote part of China when he got his jaw broken in a Thai boxing match. Unable to pay for the necessary treatment abroad, he made it back to his home in England. His journey was an arduous one, involving, cabs, bullet trains, subway, a flight to Bangkok, a sky-train, two more plane rides, until he was picked up by his father from the airport. Through the entire journey, he continuously moved his jaw from side to side. Yipes!
Finally, at home, the x-rays confirmed his jaw was broken in two places. His risk of infection, was treated immediately with high-dose antibiotics and prepped for surgery. When the doctors found a tattoo inside his lower lip stating, f**k off, they did not heed the warning, but proceeded to fix his jaw anyway. More like a construction project on DIY Network, they drilled and added scaffolding and screws as they attempted to put Humpty Dumpty back together again. Not being able to fight again for three months, they expect him to be good as new by then, but he will be fighting those in his own weight class, and not someone twice his size.
A man arrived at an ER with three legs. He lost his leg to a shark years ago, and his normal prosthesis is stuck on what is left of his leg. He knows they may have to cut the fake leg off and arrived with a spare just in case. When emergency services could not remove the leg after three hours, he was brought to the ER. His stump is throbbing and can possibly cause even more problems if it is not removed. As he went outside for a cigarette break, he then confessed that it was smoking that caused his amputation and not a shark bite.
When an oscillating saw was brought in, the delicate procedure was performed trying to avoid cutting his skin. Finally, they removed it, assessed his leg, determined that his circulation returned, and sent him on his way with his spare leg attached.
The cartoon-like tales showed how people get stuck in other predicaments. In 2009, in England, a woman dropped her purse in a port-a-potty and dove head-first for it getting stuck for 20-minutes until firefighters got her out. Eeeew! In the U.S. in 2010, a two-year-old girl crawled into a toy vending machine to retrieve her prize, when firefighters were called in to get her out. (By searching YouTube, it has happened more than a few times.) In South Africa in 2007, a very large woman was trapped at the mouth of a cave for more than ten hours, while 22 tourists inside could not get out until she was removed from the entrance. Paramedics and a helicopter greased her up with paraffin and pulled her out with a pulley.
In Mexico City in 2011, a man’s arms were burned to cinders when the home he was having built had electrical wires coming across his property. He attempted to put a metal pole up, to keep the wires away, but when contact was made, and he held the pole to point out where he wanted a fence built, he was electrocuted by 1,000 volts of electricity. Rushed to the hospital, a bloody mess and now his heart was affected by the jolt too.
His lower arms were like two cooked steaks and had to be amputated. Fourteen months after the accident, as he was getting accustomed to using his stumps, a renowned surgeon gave him the opportunity to be the first of Mexico’s double transplants. When a 34-year-old man was shot dead, he was given his arms. Eighteen doctors worked vigorously to attach new arms to him as they rushed to keep the limbs alive in the short window of time before they were rendered useless. After a successful operation, he now has arms again, but much therapy is required to get them to respond to his brain’s commands.
A woman was brought to the ER in the U.S. when her children’s party attraction, similar to the television show “Wipeout” with giant inflated balls they jump on, just had to be attempted by her. To her credit, she did not break any bones, but did tear a ligament. Now her new act will be to walk with crutches for at least a month, while her son’s video of her went viral, she can only sit and watch from her chair or perhaps watch her own antics on this episode of “Bizarre ER.”
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