Hat Tip to Draculya for this explosive story.
The Tokyo University Hospital where the incident occurred
So far, the Snopes jury is still out on this one, but according to the Japanese outlet the Asahi Shimbun, a patient undergoing laser surgery on her cervix was reportedly severely burned after gas she passed during the procedure caught on fire, spreading across her waist and legs.
The incident occurred on 15 April of this year at the Tokyo Medical University Hospital in Shinjuku Ward but a committee has only just concluded its investigation.
It found there were no flammable materials in the operating theatre and all equipment was functioning normally at the time.
The report concluded:
“When the patient’s intestinal gas leaked into the space of the operation (room), it ignited with the irradiation of the laser, and the burning spread, eventually reaching the surgical drape and causing the fire.”
The woman is thought to have survived but her condition is not known.
Despite the dubious atypical source of this accident, operating room fires are a known and common enough occurrence, considering the often oxygen-rich environments they occur in. All the more reason to stay away from beans and broccoli ahead of going under the knife.