CARLETONVILLE, SOUTH AFRICA — A mine worker in South Africa has survived being impaled by a metal rod while working in an underground mine shaft.
Daniel De Wet was working in one of Sibanye Gold mine's shafts on January 10, 3.5 kilometers, or about 2.2 miles, underground. He was using a crowbar called gwala to unblock a drain which had been clogged by mud.
The instrument is 1.8 metres long (about 6 feet) and about 2.5 centimeters (1 inch) in diameter.
At around 3:35 p.m. De Wet elevated himself to try to take a picture of the drainage when his foot slipped and the gawla went right through his legs, penetrated his intestines, stomach and left kidney and came out of his back, below his left shoulder blade.
Emergency workers promptly succored him with a stretcher and a helicopter then transported him to Netcare Milpark hospital.
He underwent his first surgery three hours later, then a second one two days later. He lost his left kidney, but after 19 days in the hospital he was able to walk again and be discharged from the hospital.
According to Kenneth Boffard, Netcare Milpark Hospital’s trauma director, De Wet recovered so quickly because he was in shape.
After miraculously surviving the accident, De Wet decided to go back to work. He went back on duty and underground as soon as he was allowed to, six months after his surgery.
He is now working with the rescue team, putting out fires and unblocking muddied dams.
“We all do something risky with our lives,” Boffard told News 24, “otherwise we would all lock ourselves in a dark room and die of boredom.”
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