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Truckie 'blew up like balloon' in freak accident
ABC.net ^ | May 25, 2011 | Dominique Schwarz

Posted on 05/25/2011 10:06:22 AM PDT by billorites

A New Zealand truck driver who inflated "like a balloon" when he fell buttocks-first onto a compressed air nozzle is being described as lucky to be alive.

While working on Saturday, Steven McCormack slipped between the cab and the trailer of his truck and was impaled in the thigh by a high-pressure air cylinder which saw his body pumped full of compressed air.

The 48-year-old Bay of Plenty truckie told the Whakatane Beacon he felt as if he was going to explode and began to scream as his neck, feet and hands swelled up.

"I was blowing up like a football... it felt like I had the bends, like in diving. I had no choice but just to lay there, blowing up like a balloon," he said.

Workmates rushed to Mr McCormack's aid, turning off the compressed air and packing ice around his swollen neck.

Ambulance officers removed the brass nozzle and rushed him to Whakatane Hospital, where a surgeon treated the injury and drained one of his lungs, which had filled with fluid during the ordeal.

Mr McCormack said doctors later told him that the air separated fat from muscle and they were surprised his skin did not burst.

Now recuperating, he told the Beacon his skin felt "like a pork roast", hard and crackly on the outside but soft underneath.

Treating surgeon Dr Barnaby Smith said by the time Mr McCormack arrived at the hospital, the gas had made its way from his thigh, into his abdominal cavity and chest.

"It even tracked as high as his eyelids - he couldn't open them because they were so swollen," he said.

"He did have gas within the chest cavity compressing the lungs and heart."

Emergency surgery helped relieve the pressure on Mr McCormack's heart and lungs.

"It's not in the textbooks, and it's the first time anyone I know has seen it as well," Dr Smith said.

A hospital spokeswoman said it could have killed Mr McCormack.

"It's fair to say he's lucky to be alive, it was a potentially life-threatening situation," she said.

Dr Smith said Mr McCormack had almost shrunk back to his normal size.


TOPICS: Miscellaneous; Weird Stuff
KEYWORDS: chat; newzealand; truckdriver

1 posted on 05/25/2011 10:06:28 AM PDT by billorites
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To: billorites

Was hoping for a photo...


2 posted on 05/25/2011 10:10:14 AM PDT by ransacked
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To: billorites

3 posted on 05/25/2011 10:10:54 AM PDT by AngelesCrestHighway
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To: AngelesCrestHighway

4 posted on 05/25/2011 10:12:23 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: ransacked

Isn’t that how James Bond killed Kanga in “Live and Let Die”?


5 posted on 05/25/2011 10:15:10 AM PDT by Callahan
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To: ransacked

We have photos from Violet in Charlie & the Chocolate Factory and Harry Potter's Aunt Marge. Is that close enough?

6 posted on 05/25/2011 10:15:18 AM PDT by Pollster1 (Natural born citizen of the USA, with the birth certificate to prove it)
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To: billorites

wow, talk about being pumped...


7 posted on 05/25/2011 10:15:18 AM PDT by bigbob
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To: billorites
when he fell buttocks-first onto a compressed air nozzle is

My first thought was ....well, lets just say I didn't think it was an accident.

8 posted on 05/25/2011 10:16:22 AM PDT by Hot Tabasco (It's a beautiful day and I'm glad I can see it in color.......)
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To: Callahan
Isn’t that how James Bond killed Kanga in “Live and Let Die”?

What happened to Roo?

9 posted on 05/25/2011 10:17:05 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: billorites
Happened before:


10 posted on 05/25/2011 10:17:45 AM PDT by Jeff Chandler (Just once I'd like someone to call me 'Sir' without adding 'You're making a scene.' - Homer Simpson)
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To: billorites
While working on Saturday, Steven McCormack slipped between the cab and the trailer of his truck and was impaled in the thigh by a high-pressure air cylinder which saw his body pumped full of compressed air. The 48-year-old Bay of Plenty truckie told the Whakatane Beacon he felt as if he was going to explode and began to scream as his neck, feet and hands swelled up.

Blipverts

11 posted on 05/25/2011 10:17:51 AM PDT by Alex Murphy (Posting news feeds, making eyes bleed: he's hated on seven continents)
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To: billorites

You can’t make this stuff up.


12 posted on 05/25/2011 10:18:14 AM PDT by crusty old prospector
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To: Pollster1

Doh!


13 posted on 05/25/2011 10:18:56 AM PDT by Jeff Chandler (Just once I'd like someone to call me 'Sir' without adding 'You're making a scene.' - Homer Simpson)
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To: Pollster1

Yes, thank you for the courtesy. My lack of vision stands corrected. Although, in addition: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t2mU6USTBRE


14 posted on 05/25/2011 10:25:55 AM PDT by ransacked
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To: Nightshift

gnip


15 posted on 05/25/2011 10:30:19 AM PDT by tutstar
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To: Callahan
Isn't that how James Bond killed Kanga in "Live and Let Die"?

That is exactly what came to mind when I read this.

16 posted on 05/25/2011 10:35:43 AM PDT by magellan
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To: billorites

Watch for this to become a new and popular part of the San Francisco personal entertainment culture.


17 posted on 05/25/2011 10:39:07 AM PDT by lurk
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To: billorites

"He blowed up real good."

18 posted on 05/25/2011 10:41:22 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: lurk

PETA would be on the case in a second, if so.


19 posted on 05/25/2011 10:49:02 AM PDT by John S Mosby (Sic Semper Tyrannis)
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To: dfwgator

A guy I worked with used an air gun to blow saw dust off his hand, before the reduced pressure guns came into use. He had a cut, and his hand blew up like a balloon. Had to have his hand lanced at the emergency room.


20 posted on 05/25/2011 10:53:17 AM PDT by TStro
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To: Hot Tabasco

Air brakes line punctured his butt/thigh area and separated the muscle/integument layers as it inflated the space and then spread up into his torso and up to his neck. Whoa.

If he had been inflated in his gut (whether by accident or intent) he would be dead for sure, quickly. Air brake system pressure on a truck system is around 125 psi, so he would have pumped up in the gut and blown up (yuk) rapidly.

This is one weird event and one for the Emergency Med textbooks.

Have slipped between a truck rig and trailer— it’s greasy back there. What may have been happening was he was hooking up the air line from the truck to the trailer brake system, slipped and landed on the truck “spigot” and it turned on.
Horrible really.

My thought too, when I first read headline. Reminded of an event, on purpose with a dude inserting his.... into a water intake tube at a hotel pool... weirdos and usu. dumber n’ hell.


21 posted on 05/25/2011 10:58:15 AM PDT by John S Mosby (Sic Semper Tyrannis)
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To: John S Mosby

I heard of a guy dying when a co-worker stuck an air line up his butt.


22 posted on 05/25/2011 11:13:19 AM PDT by meatloaf
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To: meatloaf

Then there was the German zookeeper a few years ago who died when trying to, er, assist a constipated elephant. The animal let loose and the man drowned before anyone could pull him out.


23 posted on 05/25/2011 11:15:51 AM PDT by LS ("Castles made of sand, fall in the sea . . . eventually." (Hendrix))
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To: Slings and Arrows

So nice, it was posted twice...and nobody pinged you to either one.


24 posted on 05/25/2011 11:38:02 AM PDT by ApplegateRanch (Made in America, by proud American citizens, in 1946.)
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To: billorites

Compressed air enema.


25 posted on 05/25/2011 11:40:17 AM PDT by Rebelbase
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To: billorites; bigbob
wow, talk about being pumped...

Reminds me of the time we caught a patient on the psych ward who was carrying an old style water-filled fire extinguisher.

When asked why he was taking it into the bathroom, he told us, "___ (another patient) needs an enema."

Sure enough, the other guy was in the bathroom, "waiting for his enema".

26 posted on 05/25/2011 11:47:26 AM PDT by ApplegateRanch (Made in America, by proud American citizens, in 1946.)
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To: ApplegateRanch

It’s possible that they did and I missed it - been busy IRL.


27 posted on 05/25/2011 12:11:07 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: ApplegateRanch

Oh, I see what you mean! Sorry - as I said, busy IRL and buried in pings.


28 posted on 05/25/2011 12:12:20 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: billorites

It’s not that freakish of an accident - this is the second one today - Gosh!


29 posted on 05/25/2011 12:14:23 PM PDT by freedomlover (Make sure you're in love - before you move in the heavy stuff)
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To: meatloaf

Yup, it happened. At a truck tire repair facility. Dude was charged for manslaughter. PSI on a commercial repair air hose is extremely high (so you can “seat” a tire on a wheel round and inflate it rapidly).


30 posted on 05/27/2011 7:56:46 AM PDT by John S Mosby (Sic Semper Tyrannis)
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