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While recoveries are recorded in cases of bullet wounds of the lungs, it is more rare to have recovery take place after a wound by as large an instrument as a large prong of a harpoon hay fork.
On July 18, 1906, W. Z., 23 years of age, in robust health, was injured by the fall of a double-harpoon hay fork, weighing 20 pounds, from its attachment in the barn, 25 feet above him. One prong of the fork, having a diameter of 2 inches one way by ⅞ of an inch the other, perforated the chest, entering in the first intercostal space half an inch to the left of the sternum and emerging in the seventh intercostal space about five inches to the left of the spinal column. The distance between the two wounds was about 12 inches. The man fell on his knees, but did not lose consciousness
HEATON CA. RECOVERY FROM PIERCING OF BODY WITH HAY HARPOON.. JAMA. 1906;XLVII(15):1190-1191. doi:10.1001/jama.1906.25210150046002c