Leave The Needle In

 | January 27, 2009 10:44 AM

Ellin Klor, 58, holds the wooden knitting needle fragment that pierced her heart while sitting at her home in Palo Alto, Jan. 24, 2009. Klor is being featured in a book being published about trauma survivors. She survived an accident with a knitting needle that pierced her heart and two separate diagnoses of breast cancer. (David M. Barreda/Mercury News)

I did not know this but if you get stabbed in the heart, like with a knitting needle, leave it in there until they get it out during surgery.   It seems like common sense but I am sure if I was in that situation I would have pulled it out, especially if the ER doctor told me to pull it out.

An accidental stab wound to the heart is unusual but not unheard of, said Susan Brundage, the surgeon at Stanford University Medical Center who removed the needle from Klor’s heart and stitched up the wound. How one reacts to that kind of trauma can be crucial.

Two years ago, Australian “Crocodile Hunter” Steve Irwin died after he was stabbed in the heart by a sting ray’s barb, Brundage noted. Unlike Klor, who left the needle in her chest, Irwin reportedly removed the barb from his.

Palo Alto woman stares down death three times – San Jose Mercury News

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