A massive pothole has reportedly helped correct a man’s dangerously fast heartbeat while he was being transported by ambulance to hospital.
Emergency responders were called to assist the Nebraska, US, man Jeff Hall, 59, who suffered chest pains at work.
They checked the patient out, to find his heart racing at 200 beats per minute - more than double the speed of a healthy adult.
“They were checking my heartbeat and one guy told the other ambulance guy, ‘I think there’s something wrong with my machine. There’s 233 beats a minute,'” Mr Hall told Fox 6.
Mr Hall was placed in an ambulance and was raced to hospital, which was about 20 minutes’ drive.
Along the trip, the emergency vehicle hit a massive pot hole. The sudden jolt made the ambulance jump, shocking the patient's racing heart back to a normal rhythm, according to the news outlet.
“We hit a bump,” Mr Hall recalled of the emergency ride.
“I was laying down and they kept checking on me and stuff and then boom everybody flew up and landed.”
He said his heart felt “great” after the jolt.
To the surprise of the first responders and the patient alike, the jolt from the pothole miraculously set his heart rate back to its normal pace.
When he arrived at hospital he was given a check over and then released without even needing a hospital stay.
Gretna Rescue enroute Lakeside Hospital with a patient with a heart rate of over 200 bpm. Gretna now calling them back to advise they struck a large pothole enroute which converted the patients heart to a normal rate! #OmahaScanner
— Omaha Scanner (@omaha_scanner) April 15, 2019
Patients with rapid heartbeats, or arrhythmia, are often treated with an electrical shock.
But in Mr Hall’s case the sudden jolt of hitting a pothole appeared to have had the same impact.
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