A mountain biker in Mexico suffered an injury after falling off his bike.
This is definitely not your typical biking injury!
The 40-year-old man fell off his mountain bike while off-road, impaling his neck by a tree branch. The man very wisely chose not to attempt to remove the branch from his neck but instead drove 32 kilometers (20 miles) to the nearest hospital.
Doctors say the man is very lucky to have not suffered greater harm. A CT Scan revealed the branch had lodged 1.6 cm into his neck, stopping in the soft tissue before reaching anything vital.
At only about 1.6 centimeters (0.6 inches) into his neck, there was no serious injury, but it could have damaged the man’s airway, a major blood vessel or a nerve, said Dr. Lev Deriy, an assistant professor and anesthesiologist at the University of New Mexico, where the injured man was treated.
Joe Mulligan, from the British Red Cross, said the man had avoided causing further damage by not trying to remove the foreign object himself.
In the neck, you have a major intersection of the airway and also a major artery from the heart to the brain which is critical. Damage to either of these could have resulted in death within minutes. Leaving the branch where it is can be key with injuries like this, as removing it often causes more damage. It could also be blocking off blood that is escaping so if you remove it, it could result in more blood loss,” said Mulligan.
The cyclist was later discharged from hospital with no additional complications.