Thai fisherman, a spike-fisherman underwater, was using a harpoon to spear fish. He came up for air just as a spikey anabas fish leapt out of the water and straight into his mouth.
After a fish jumped out of the water, a fisherman almost choked to death.
The spiky freshwater anabas fish lodged itself between the unlucky angler’s throat and nasal cavity as it tried to escape through his nose.
However, due to its spikes it was causing significant damage to his insides and when it was finally removed it was drenched in the man’s blood.
Doctors at Thailand’s Phatthalung Provincial Hospital were baffled by the story of a fisherman who told them that he had caught a fish and it leapt into his mouth.
The team did an xray and discovered that the fish was five inches long.
Two doctors and three nurses assisted the team of medics in removing the fish, which was 5 inches long, during a one-hour procedure.
Sermsri Pathompanichrat is a Hospital Officer. “Our doctors worked hard to minimise the damage on our patient’s organs. They have successfully saved the patient.”
The fish was eventually pulled from the fisherman’s mouth as it was trying to wriggle out his nose by passing through his throat.
When it was removed it was covered in the man’s blood where it had cut and sliced up his insides.
Unidentified patient informed doctors that he had been underwater spike-fishing with an underwater harpoon right before this incident.
He ascended into the air exactly at the same moment that the anabas jumped from the water. They went straight into the man’s mouth and down the throat.
The animal was trapped and tried to escape. Onlookers observed him gasping for air as he held his throat.
The fisherman was taken to the hospital and is now stable.
Sermsri Pathompanichrat was appointed as a Hospital Officer “The chances of this happening are very low. I have never seen this kind of case before.”
Anabas fish are freshwater carnivorous fish which eat insects and larvae.