Boy (11) has to get 5 cm long stick from his SCROTUM after falling from a tree
- EXCLUSIVE: Youngster lost his footing while climbing a two-meter tree in Indonesia
- Stick pierced the left side of his scrotum but missed the testicles by millimeters
- Doctors at the local hospital gently removed the stick from the wound
- Experts said he was ‘lucky’ it didn’t get into his testicles
An 11-year-old boy was left with a 5cm stick hanging from his scrotum after falling from a tree.
The boy, from Makassar in Indonesia, lost his footing while climbing the two-meter trunk.
The unidentified boy fell on a branch, which doctors revealed pierced his genitals and missed his testicles by millimeters.
Doctors carefully removed the foreign object and gave him antibiotics. Within a month he made a full recovery.
Experts told MailOnline the boy was “lucky” the stick didn’t hit his testicles or vital arteries, which could have resulted in life-changing injuries.
The 11-year-old boy lost his balance while climbing a tree in Makassar, Indonesia, and fell onto a stump. In the fall, his scrotum was impaled on a stick (pictured) that missed his testicles by millimeters
Doctors performed scans to make sure there was no damage to his testicles. Then they gradually tore the stick from his scrotum. Pictured above is the stick in his scrotum
This scan shows the 5 cm long stick (represented by the blue arrow) impaled in his scrotum. It was missing its testicles by millimeters. Experts said he was lucky he didn’t suffer long-term injuries
The accident happened in Makassar, Indonesia. It was reported in Urology Case Reports
What does the scrotum consist of?
The scrotum is basically a sac of skin and soft tissue that protects the testicles and keeps them at the right temperature.
It consists of two layers with a skin layer on the outside – the first line of defense – and a muscle layer called the Dartos muscle.
This works to keep the testicles at the right temperature.
It contracts when it’s too cold to wrinkle the skin and trap heat.
And relaxes when it’s too hot, causing the testicles to ‘hang low’.
The body prefers to keep the testicles at 34C (93.2F), which is slightly lower than the average temperature of 37C (98.6F).
The scrotum also contains a middle layer of skin — or raphne — that divides the two testicles into separate compartments.
It is visible on the outside of the body as a ridge that runs down the center of the scrotum.
Source: Encyclopedia Britannica
In the journal of Urology Case Reports she described how the boy was taken to hospital four hours after the accident.
Eerie photos showed the stick had penetrated the lower left side of his scrotum and reached his pubic bone.
Doctors scanned the area to confirm his testicles were not damaged before removing the stick.
A small plastic tube was placed in his wound — called a Penrose drain — to remove excess fluid.
The boy was given antibiotics and a tetanus vaccine to prevent him from getting an infection.
When he was examined a month later, the doctors who treated him said he had made a full recovery.
Jonathan Glass, a urology consultant and member of the Royal College of Surgeons, said the boy had a lucky escape.
He told MailOnline: “This young boy was lucky that the foreign body did not pierce any vital structures.”
Mr Glass added: ‘Punctuating injuries to the scrotum and perineum are fortunately rare.
‘Life-altering injury could occur if the penetrating object were to pass through the urethra, testis or penis.
“Other structures at risk, if the object had passed into the abdomen, would be the bladder, small and large intestines and[major arteries and veins].
“All of these injuries could have had lifelong consequences for this patient.”
Fortunately, injuries to the scrotum are rare. But in February last year, a 21-year-old athlete needed 18 stitches after his scrotum was impaled by a stake.
Virgo spinning footage showed Zach McWhorter successfully completing his pole vault in Provo, Utah, only to have his scrotum hit by the pole as he returned to the country.
The student was rushed to the hospital by his urologist father to have the wound stitched up quickly.