A truck driver in New Zealand is recovering from a most bizarre accident which took place on Saturday.
48-year-old Steven McCormack literally inflated like a balloon after falling on a compressed air hose, breaking the line and finishing up with the hose penetrating his buttocks and pumping high pressure air into his body.
“I felt the air rush into my body and I felt like I was going to explode,” Steven said this morning.
“I was blowing up like a football,” he said, before changing his mind and saying “I had no choice but just to lay there, blowing up like a balloon.”
When the compressed air began pumping into Steven’s body it actually separated the fat from muscle and filled his body like a cheap, wrinkly airbed. The pressure from the air inflated Steven’s legs, chest and even face. Even more dangerously it caused Steven’s lungs to fill with fluid, and was putting pressure on his heart.
Steven’s workmates watched as he swelled up like Kananga at the end of Live and Let Die, worried that he might explode at any moment and shower them in pulped Ginsters pasties, or the Kiwi trucker equivalent.
They eventually pulled the air hose out of his backside and called the emergency services, but Steven was still pumped full of air, and when paramedics tried to insert a needle into his arm the air inside his body forced the needle back out of his arm.
“They went to put a drip in me, but when they put the needle in, [the air] spit the needle out,” Steven explained.
Once they got the real life Michelin Man to hospital doctors were able to drain the excess fluid from Steven’s lungs, but he remained inflated with air, so much so that his skin was “crackling with air bubbles”. There was only one way to release the air from Steven’s body;
“You can’t turn a tap on and let it out,” Steven said.
“You just have to burp it out, or fart it out.”
It has taken Steven three days to belch and trump all the air from his body and make a full recovery.
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