Friday, 8 January 2010

A Different Kind Of Pipe Organ

Among the deluge of weather related injuries at Southampton General Hospital this week, the Southern Daily Echo reports that they had to deal with a rather unusual incident. A man had become...erm....stuck in a metal pipe, but doctors in Casualty were unable to free him because the restricted blood flow had caused him to become erect. They had to call in Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service:
A MAN who got his genitalia stuck in a steel pipe had to be cut free by eight firefighters using an industrial grinder.

The heavy duty cutting gear had to be used to remove the three-inch long hollow pipe after medics were unable to release it.

The painstaking operation, which involved eight firefighters, took around an hour.

Eight fireman? That seems a lot, I wonder if not all them had their minds engaged in a fully professional manner.
The man, in his 30s, offered no explanation for his predicament but was said to be “quite concerned and anxious”. He had been given an anaesthetic to prepare for the procedure.
No explanation eh? It's ok I think we can guess. St Mary’s crew manager Adrian Johnson said:
“It was a very delicate operation. We did not want anything heating up.
The person who did it deserves a commendation for his nerve and steady hand.”

Meanwhile, watch manager Greg Garrett from Redbridge station added: “I’ve only come across this type of thing three or four times in my 17 years as a firefighter. It’s not a daily occurrence.”
Being 'quite concerned and anxious' has to be contended for understatement of the year. I wonder what he was most anxious about; the humiliation of his predicament, or the thought of one small slip with an industrial angle grinder, or that the pipe was only 3 inches long?

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