A man was left battling for his life after a fish leapt out of the water and into his throat.
Doctors were baffled when the fisherman arrived at the Phatthalung Provincial Hospital in Thailand on May 22 claiming that the scaly animal had jumped inside his mouth.
A team immediately ran an X-ray on the fisherman and found a spiky freshwater Anabas fish lodged between his throat and nasal cavity.
The team of medics, two doctors assisted by three nurses, successfully removed the 5inch-long fish after a one-hour operation.
"Our doctors worked hard to minimise the damage on our patient’s organs. They have successfully saved the patient," Hospital officer Sermsri Pathompanichrat said.
The doctors pulled the fish from the fisherman’s mouth as it tried to wriggle out of his nose by passing through his throat.
When the fish was extracted, it was revealed to be 12.7cm-long with sharp spikes, and covered in the man’s blood.
Fisherman details bizarre incident to doctors
The unidentified patient told doctors he was spike-fishing with a harpoon under the surface of the water.
He came up for air and at the same time, the Anabas coincidentally jumped out of the water and went straight into his mouth and down his throat.
The fish was stuck in his mouth and squeezed down his windpipe. He was rushed to the hospital after onlookers saw him appearing to gasp for air as he held his throat.
The fisherman was treated and is now in stable condition and recovering from surgery at the hospital.
"The chances of this happening are very low. I have never seen this kind of case before," Pathompanichrat said.
Anabas fish are freshwater carnivorous fish, that feed on insects and larvae.
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