A man from South Dakota is grateful for what happened to him in a strange fishing accident.
Todd Thesenvitz was fishing in a lake near Clark, South Dakota, when the amazing.
Todd Thesenvitz today, recovering from the operation (Capture from TV).
Thesenvitz was surfacing a large northern pike when the hook broke.
“I saw the fish come flying towards me like in slow motion,” he said. “I thought it just hit me in the chest, but I felt something and realized that it was inside me.”
Todd’s daughter showing the hook (Capture from TV).
“The hook went into the left ventricle of my heart. There’s a sac around your heart. It went through that and entered the heart muscle itself “, He said.
Thesenvitz was fishing with his wife and daughter Keanna Thesenvitz, who is a nurse.
“My first instinct was not to pull the hook, to leave it in. Whenever something happens, you instantly want to pull it out because you think that would help,” Keanna said.
An emergency rescue
Todd’s wife, Marie, drove the boat back to a jetty, which at the time it was full of lifeguards.
“Every wave he hit made him scream more in pain, so it was stressful, and he had to keep looking over his shoulder, but he knew Keanna had it and he knew she was going to take care of him,” Marie said.
The man after the operation (TV Capture).
Once they got out of the water, Thesenvitz was taken by ambulance to a hospital and then transferred by plane to Sioux Falls, where he underwent surgery to remove the remaining part of the hook.
Todd Thesenvitz showing his catch (Capture from TV).
“There seems to be one chance in a million that you’re still here with us. If I had taken it out, they said that in 30 minutes would definitely be dead “said the daughter.
“I told my wife that we should have bought some lottery tickets that day, you know you never know, but this is better than winning the lottery“Thesenvitz said.
The hook that was threaded in his heart (Capture from TV).
Thesenvitz is doing well considering the circumstances, but he’s not supposed to lift anything over 15 kilos. You will have some medical visits to help you decide when you can go back to work and when you can go fishing again.