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A teenager is lucky to be alive after a needlefish lodged in his neck while fishing in Indonesia.
The student, Muh Idul, was fishing with his family on Saturday when the fish “flew in his direction” and stayed on his neck, according to local news site Makassar Terkin.
He was taken to a hospital in southeastern Sulawesi before being transferred to Wahidin Sudirohusodo Hospital in Makassar for emergency surgery.
It took five doctors, including three surgeons and two anesthetists, two hours to extract the fish’s snout on Monday.
While emergency surgery was high risk, doctors say the position of the fish blocked the bleeding.
The images of Idul’s strange lesion have been widely shared online showing the snout that digs the neck below the chin to the back of the skull.
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