A South Dakota man said surviving with your heart impaled as he spun a fish earlier this month “was better than winning the lottery.”
Todd Thesenvitz was spinning in a northern pike in a lake near the town of Clark, South Dakota, around 11:15 a.m. on July 7 when part of his equipment broke, causing part of the his hook in his chest. according to a Facebook post from his wife Marie Thesenvitz.
âI saw the bottom bouncer fly towards me like slow motion,â he told NBC affiliate KELO of the ordeal. “Well I thought it hit my chest but when it hit my chest I felt something right here and realized it was stuck inside me.”
He explained to the local outlet that he looked down and saw that the hook had entered the “left ventricle of my heart. There is a sac around your heart. It went through that and into the left ventricle. heart muscle itself “.
His wife and daughter, Keanna Thesenvitz, who is a nurse, joined him on the fishing trip and the couple helped him through the ordeal by bringing him ashore for medical treatment.
Her daughter said her first thought was not to remove the hook, but explained that it was difficult because “whenever something happens you immediately want to take it out of you because you think it would help.”
Todd Thesenvitz’s wife returned the family’s boat to the lake landing stage, where first responders were waiting for her husband, but told KELO it was difficult to get back ashore.
âEvery wave he hit made him scream in pain, so it was annoying, and I just had to keep looking over my shoulder, but I knew Keanna had it and I knew she was going to be careful. him, âsaid Marie Thesenvitz.
After the boat returned to shore, Todd Thesenvitz was taken to a local hospital before being airlifted to Sioux Falls where he underwent successful surgery to remove the hook from his chest.
“They are like it’s a one in a million chance that you are still here with us. If I took it out they told me within 30 minutes you were definitely dead,” he said. , before adding that surviving the ordeal was “Better than winning the lottery.”
In the Facebook post, Marie Thesenvitz said the surgeon told her “there was no reason Todd was still alive” and informed her that “a lesser man would have died”.
She called the incident a “freak accident” and thanked people for their “prayers and positive energies! My husband is alive and healing”.
Although he is currently not allowed to lift anything weighing more than 10 pounds, Todd Thesenvitz told KELO that he is doing well, as his wife said, “We are truly blessed. Really, truly blessed. “.