A man was seriously injured after being hit by a machine that had opened his chest during his journey, leaving the lung expanding and collapsed out of his body.
Yogendra Kumar, 36, used to ride a bike as a wine seller when a vehicle hit him on November 23rd.
Mr. Kumar was thrown into the air 20 feet (6 meters) and landed on a tin sheet that split his chest in two, sending his left lung out of his body.
After passing through hospitals that could not deal with such a serious case, Mr. Kumar was eventually sent to Fortis Hospital in Noida, northern India, nearly ten hours after the accident.
Losing blood quickly, the surgeons rebuilt Mr. Kumar's chest in an hour and 46 minutes. He was discharged a week later and returned to work after 20 days with "mild pain".
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Yogendra Kumar was seriously injured when a car accident cut his chest in two, leaving his left lung swell and collapsing out of his body. In the picture left after the ordeal, Mr. Kumar underwent emergency surgery to rebuild his chest (seen on the right) and fix several broken ribs
In addition to opening his chest, the accident also fractured many of Mr Kumar's ribs and left a big cut in his left lung. His uncle, who was pedaling with him, died on the scene. It is not clear who was responsible for the collision.
Instead of panicking at the sight of his lung, Mr. Kumar remained calm and called an ambulance.
"I got up to see my left side was ripped out completely," he said. "I got the cloth I had and I tied it around that side of my body."
When the ambulance arrived, Mr. Kumar was initially taken to a government hospital in Hapur, before being transferred to a private hospital in Meerut.
The complexity of his case meant that he was again directed to the Fortis private hospital. At that point his condition was serious.
The dott. Vaibhav Mishra, head of the department of cardiac surgery and vascular surgery, and his team immediately hired Mr. Kumar for urgent surgery.
The surgeon described the injury of Kumar as "perhaps the first [of its] kind of case I had met in my life. "
In an hour and 46 minutes, surgeons at Fortis Hospital in Noida, in northern India, closed his chest
"There are grotesque incidents in which the organs come out, but generally they do not reach hospitals," said Dr. Mishra.
"Normally, in such situations, the lung can collapse due to exposure to atmospheric pressure, but in its case, the lung worked fortunately."
The surgeons began to rebuild Mr. Kumar's torn chest, with the skin, muscles, ribs, muscles under the rib cage and the damaged left lung.
"Repairing all the layers in the right relationship was a challenge, because the whole area had been destroyed at random," said dr. Mishra.
Speaking after the ordeal, Kumar said: "I told the doctors that I wanted to be saved only for my children".