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Posted: 1/14/2002 2:17:03 PM EDT
[b]Pregnant Woman Survives After Getting Impaled[/b] LONDON (Reuters) - A heavily-pregnant woman has survived being speared through the chest by a wooden stake which narrowly missed her heart and unborn child, newspapers reported on Monday. Astrid Oates, 20, was impaled on a fence post after the driver of the car she was traveling in swerved to avoid a fox on a Devon road in western England, the Daily Mirror said. The car smashed through a wooden fence and one of the posts shattered and speared her through her right breast. ``I don't remember much about it and I did not feel the post going through me,'' she told the paper from her hospital bed. Astrid, a chef from Bournemouth in southern England, said she kept asking rescue workers at the scene about the post in her body. ``They were just telling me to leave it alone. But who is going to listen to that when you have got a stake sticking out of you?'' she said. Doctors have told the 8-months pregnant woman her unborn child, a boy, is fine and will probably be born naturally at full-term. She was trapped in the wrecked car for over an hour after the accident on Saturday before firefighters cut away a large chunk of the stake so they could free her. It took surgeons four hours to remove a remaining six-inch by one-inch spear of wood which was lodged close to major organs. The car's 38-year old male driver suffered a shoulder injury but was allowed home after treatment.
Link Posted: 1/14/2002 2:20:23 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 1/14/2002 2:20:49 PM EDT by raf]
Link Posted: 1/14/2002 2:22:40 PM EDT
Originally Posted By raf: How'd the fox make out? [:D]
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Come on man, have some respect. She eight months pregnant for Christ's sake![}:D]
Link Posted: 1/14/2002 2:23:00 PM EDT
Ooh! [i]That's[/i] gonna leave a mark!
Link Posted: 1/14/2002 2:23:41 PM EDT
That's gonna leave a mark!
Link Posted: 1/14/2002 2:24:54 PM EDT
Link Posted: 1/14/2002 2:27:36 PM EDT
Wouldn't it be ironic if she was one of the protesters who's trying to end fox hunting in England.
Link Posted: 1/14/2002 2:28:52 PM EDT
Glad all concerned will apparently be OK, but expect a few sore days, I'm sure. I'd never be likely to swerve to avoid a small animal. If it's a squirrel, I'll swerve in order to HIT it, not miss! I really hate those little bushy-tailed rats. But that's not fair to the rats, because a rat can be a pretty cool (and mild mannered) pet. CJ
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