Man shoots self in heart with nail gun — and lives



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Euguene Rakow indicates precisely where he shot himself in the heart
with a nail gun last week at his home in Minnesota.
(MyFoxTwinCities.com)

The luckiest
man in Minnesota, if not America and the rest of the world, is a 58-year-old
self-employed carpenter named Eugene Rakow, who shot a nail into his heart
while working on a job and lived to

tell about it.

On September
27, Rakow was building a deck for a neighbor when he fired the three-and-a-half
inch nail into his chest. 
“As soon
as it hit me, I knew I was in trouble, and I thought man I gotta get some place
and get help, fast,” Rakow told MyFoxTwinCities.com. 
Rakow, did
not call 911, but instead was driven to Abbot Northwestern Hospital in
Minneapolis by his wife Carmen.
Hospital
heart surgeon Dr. Louis Louis said that the nail actually into Rakow’s heart
twice, but the patient was saved by the design of the nail and a little bit of
luck.
“The
sternum acted like a 2×4 in that it caught the nail and prevented the nail from
going any deeper,” Louis said, adding that the nail stopped just two
millimeters short of the coronary artery, the puncturing of which would have
likely killed Rakow on the spot. 
“Once we
were able to get a hold of it, we were able to work it out very carefully and
then it was a simple two stitches to repair the injury in the heart,”
Louis said.
Rakow is
currently recovering at home with Carmen and his seven children. A benefit fund
for the family has been set up to keep them going while Rakow stays off his
feet. 
Read more: foxnews
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