A fisherman nearly choked to death after a fish leapt out of the water and straight down his throat.
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 were left baffled at the Phatthalung Provincial Hospital in Thailand when the fisherman rushed in telling them a fish leapt into his mouth on May 22.
The team carried out an x-ray and found the 12.7cm long spiky fish inside of him.
Hospital officer Sermsri Pathompanichrat said:
Our doctors worked hard to minimise the damage on our patient’s organs. They have successfully saved the patient. The chances of this happening are very low. I have never seen this kind of case before.
The unidentified patient had been spike-fishing with a harpoon under the surface of the water when it happened. He said the fish jumped into his mouth when he came up for air and opened wide for a big intake of breath.
The fish was covered in the man’s blood where it had cut and sliced up his insides.
The fisherman is now in stable condition and recovering at the hospital from his operation wounds.