Posted: Jan 11, 2013 10:58 AM by NBC News
Updated: Jan 11, 2013 11:33 AM
FLORENCIO VARELA, ARGENTINA : A carpenter in Argentina can thank modern medicine he's still alive.
A team of Cardiovascular Surgeons managed to successfully remove a nail lodged in the 19-year-old's heart.
The nail was accidentally fired from a nail gun while the young man was working in a lumber yard.
It hit his sternum and pierced the right ventricle of his heart.
A doctor said the young man was very lucky because the nail acted like a plug and kept him from bleeding to death.
Surgeons were able to remove the three-inch nail in a two-hour operation.
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