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Teenager survives shooting 2-foot-long arrow through his chest and out his back

By Mason White 2:08 PM August 4, 2017
Teen shooting bow and arrow (illustration)
Teen shooting bow and arrow (illustration)
By: Alexis Bell

Doctors and paramedics in Canada, were shocked to see a teenager alive and well despite having a long arrow in his chest and protruding from his back.

The Ontario Provincial Police said that they responded to the scene of the 19-year-old man of Tweed, who accidentally shot himself with a bow and arrow.

The incident unfolded on Monday, at around 10:30 a.m. The teen was handling a bow and arrow when he accidentally shot himself.

The 2-foot-long arrow went into his chest and part of it protruded from his back. The teen was alert and talkative when police and paramedics arrived.

He told the first responders that the shooting was accidental.

He was airlifted to hospital, where he was treated and released. Doctors were surprised at the minimal damage caused by the arrow despite being shot all through his body.

One paramedic said that in his 20 years of service, he never saw such a case in which the injuries were so minimal.

Hastings-Quinte Paramedic Services Chief Doug Socha said that the teen is lucky to be alive.