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Man survived four-inch nail in heart

Dennis Hennis, 52, from New Jersey in America has survived accidentally shooting a four-inch nail into his heart while trying to clear a jammed nail gun.

He was revived from cardiac arrest before being airlifted for surgery to Cooper University Hospital in Camden, New Jersey.

Hennis of Vineland, New Jersey, said: “I got a new grandson on my birthday on March 23 and a week later I’m almost dead. Now we can celebrate birthdays together,” he said. Hennis, a self-employed builder, was working with his son, age 28, on a neighbour’s roof when his nail gun jammed and he tried to clear it, mistakenly pointing it toward him.

“It was about a foot (30cm) away and it went right into my chest, right into my heart,” Hennis recalled. The nail pierced his right ventricle, which supplies blood to the lungs, and Hennis soon went into cardiac arrest. “We closed the hole and his heart is strong,” Dr. Michael Rosenbloom said.

Hennis’ recovery from surgery has been remarkable.