Haifa doc saves stabbing victim by sticking finger in heart

Against all odds, the man survived and recovered, moving to a regular department, speaking coherently and being able to walk on his own.

January 18, 2011 06:15
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Dr. Muad Faraj

Faraj 311. (photo credit: Piotr Flitr/Rambam Medical Center)


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Like the little Dutch boy who put his finger in the dike to prevent flooding, a Rambam Medical Center physician has saved a young man who had been stabbed in the chest from bleeding to death by using his finger to stanch the hemorrhage.

Last week, Dr. Muad Faraj was on duty as a resident in the emergency room when the man was rushed in by ambulance with no signs of life.

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He had been found not far from the Haifa hospital bleeding uncontrollably after being stabbed in the heart.

Doctors in the trauma room tried to resuscitate him, but when they opened the chest and saw the hole in his heart, Faraj decided to hold the heart in his hand, massage it manually and plug up the hole with his finger.

The victim was then rushed to a surgical theater to repair the heart, which was drained of all blood and thus had stopped beating. He was given blood and other solutions by infusion, but his restarted heart stopped beating four more times during surgery.

Against all odds, the man survived and recovered, moving to a regular department, speaking coherently and being able to walk on his own.

Faraj said that the young man “had a lot of good luck, as he reached the hospital quickly and received the right treatment.”

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