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An 11-year-old boy had to have a 5cm-long stick removed from his scrotum after he was impaled falling from a tree.
He was taken to hospital four hours after the gruesome accident where doctors said that the stick was just millimetres away from tearing through his testicles.
The young teen from Makassar in Indonesia had to be given heavy antibiotics as the sharp object was gently removed, and has now recovered after a month. He was also given a tetanus vaccine to prevent an infection from developing.
Gut-churning pictures and X-rays showed how the stick pierced him before crashing into his pubic bone. After it was removed a Penrose drain – a small pipe that removes excess fluid – was fed back into the wound.
Jonathan Glass, a consultant urological surgeon and member of the Royal College of Surgeons, told the MailOnline: "This young boy was fortunate in that the foreign body did not pierce any vital structures.
"Penetrating injury to the scrotum and perineum is fortunately rare. Life-changing injury could occur if the penetrating object were to pass through the urethra, the testis, or the penis.
"Other structures at risk, had the object passed within the abdomen would be the bladder, the small and large bowel, and [major arteries or veins].
"All of these injuries could have had life-long consequences for this patient."
The scrotum is a layer of skin and muscle that protects the far more important testicles and moderates their temperature. The incident was a very close escape for the young boy.
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A similar incident occurred in February when an American pole vaulter uploaded footage to TikTok of him landing on his pole scrotum first. Zach McWhorter required 18 stitches.
The 21-year-old also managed to miss his testicles by a matter of millimetres after the incident at Brigham University in Utah.
He told Buzzfeed: "I could see right into my scrotum.
"Fortunately, as far as I know, there is nothing wrong with my testicles – just a scar.
"One day, we’ll find out if they function or not!"
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