Wisconsin Man Accidentally Shoots Nail Gun Into Heart And Somehow Survives

Not today, death. Not today.

We all need to talk about Doug Bergeson. And why do we need to talk about him? Well because he is still alive today even after shooting himself in the heart with a high-powered nail gun. It all occurred when the 52-year-old was framing in a fireplace at home he’s building.

“I was just bringing the nail gun forward, and I was on my tip-toes,” Bergeson said. “I just didn’t quite have enough room, and it fired before I was really ready for it, and then it dropped down and fired again.”

Oh, and guess what? that second nail hit off a piece of wood and backfired right into Bergeson’s chest, hitting him in the heart.

“I looked down [and] I couldn’t see anything,” Bergeson said.

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It was not until Bergeson lifted his shirt that he saw the 3.5-inch nail was embedded in his chest. Roughly an inch of the nail was left sticking out.

“I could see the nail moving with my heartbeat,” he told the AP. “It was kind of twitching with every heartbeat.” Bergeson drove himself to a nearby medical center. Doctors there had him rushed to Aurora BayCare Medical Center in Green Bay, where he underwent open-heart surgery.

Dr. Alexander Roitstein, the cardiothoracic surgeon who performed Bergeson’s surgery, said the nail was within an eighth of an inch from a major artery.

“Had he been leaning just so or had his heart been in a different part of the beating cycle we could’ve had a very different situation on our hands,” Roitstein told The Daily Mail.

Bergeson only spent two days at the hospital and will be returning to his job soon. Now that’s a man’s man.



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