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Man drives to hospital with nail protruding from his heart after shooting himself with nail gun

By Mason White 5:32 PM August 17, 2017
Doug Bergeson in hospital
Doug Bergeson in hospital
By: Tanya Clark

(Scroll down for video) A man is lucky to be alive after shooting himself in the heart with a nail gun, according to doctors in Wisconsin.

52-year-old Doug Bergeson of Peshtigo, was using a nail gun while building a fireplace for his new home.

At some point, Bergeson dropped the nail gun. The nail gun fired and Bergeson was shot in the heart.

Bergeson kept his cool, and did not pull the nail out, an act that would have killed him. He felt the nail pulsating with his heartbeat.

Bergeson got into his truck, and drove himself to the Bay Area Medical Center.

By the time he arrived, Bergeson felt very weak. He sat down on the ground, and told hospital workers that he was in trouble.

He did not feel any pain.

He was transferred to the Aurora BayCare Medical Center, where he had open heart surgery. Doctors believe that Bergeson will make a full recovery with no lasting damage.