An Egyptian fisherman nearly lost his life after one of his catches got stuck in his windpipe, making it almost impossible for him to breathe or retrieve the fish.
Earlier this month, doctors at the emergency room of a hospital in Beni Suef, Egypt, were shocked to discover that a patient who had been brought in with symptoms like shortness of breath and speaking difficulties, had a fish stuck in his throat. Upon examining the man, they noticed that the fish was stuck at the entrance to the trachea, leaving just enough space for a little air to get through and prevent the man from suffocating before even reaching the hospital.
The doctors performed an endoscopic surgery and managed to extract the fish, which El-Ain reports was still alive! Dr. Ali Al-Hajri, the ear, nose and throat specialist who managed to remove the fish from the patient’s throat, told Egypt’s Channel One television channel that if the man had been brought in only a few minutes later, he would have suffocated. Luckily, the operation was a success, and apart from some minor bleeding, the patient is fine and should make a full recovery.