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12:00 AM, July 19, 2008 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:00 AM, July 19, 2008

Indian man survives after iron rod pierces chest

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Doctors from the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) pose with the iron rod, that pierced Supratim Dutta's chest in New Delhi on Thursday. A video shows him undergoing surgery plays behind them. Indian media were hailing a medical miracle after a man survived surgery to remove a 1.5-metre long (five-foot) iron bar that stabbed right through his chest. Photo: AFP

An Indian man has survived an operation to remove a 1.5-metre (five-foot) long iron bar that stabbed right through his chest, reports said Friday, calling it a medical miracle.
The rod was lying on a construction site when the taxi Supratim Dutta was travelling in smashed into it on Saturday.
The bar crashed through the car's bonnet and dashboard before hitting the 23-year-old, who was sitting in the car's front passenger seat, The Times of India said. It measured 10 centimetres by 10 centimetres (four inches by four inches).
The man remained conscious and called family and friends from his mobile phone while he waited at the scene for an hour before being taken to hospital, the newspaper reported.
"I was shocked to see him. He was on the stretcher holding the iron angle. Groaning in pain, he kept asking people to move aside so that the angle (of the rod) wasn't disturbed," Tej Prakash, one of the first doctors to see Dutta, was quoted by the paper as saying.

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