WARNING: GRAPHIC. A teenager is lucky to be alive after having emergency surgery to remove the snout of a needlefish after it stabbed him through the neck in Indonesia.
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A teenager is lucky to be alive after having emergency surgery to remove the snout of a needlefish after it stabbed him through the neck in Indonesia.
Muh Eid was fishing with his family on Saturday when the snout of the fish pierced his neck before exiting the other side.
The fish's mouth was "very difficult" to remove from the boy's neck, with the teenager taken from Siloam Hospital to another hospital in Makassar City, reported local media.
A successful operation saw the fish's head removed, with the teenager reportedly making a full recovery in hospital.
Needlefish have slender, stream-lined bodies, and very long jaws with very sharp teeth.
They are known as insatiable predators which feed mostly on small fish.
In June last year, a 19-year-old Hawaiian man was rushed to hospital with severe haemorrhaging and liver damage after he was stabbed through the stomach by a needlefish.
Source: 9News https://www.9news.com.au/national/indonesia-news-teenager-lucky-to-survive-after-fish-pierces-through-his-neck/e8cf103c-c038-460f-9ba2-895d8d4bad8c