It Happens: Patient Undergoing Laser Surgery Farts On Operating Table, Starts Fire

November 1, 2016

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Note: Picture unrelated.

A medical patient in her 30's started a fire at the Tokyo Medical University Hospital when the laser being used for surgery ignited gas she passed while sedated. For reference, that is amazing and a medical miracle.

According to a report from the hospital, "When the patient's intestinal gas leaked into the space of the operation [room], it ignited with the irradiation of the laser, and the burning spread, eventually reaching the surgical drape and causing the fire."

Thank God for doctor/patient confidentiality because you do not want your name released if you start a fire by farting on the operating table. You can't live that down. You could wear a fake beard and mustache and move to Fiji and one day when you're eating a grilled fish fillet on the beach somebody's gonna come up and ask, "Hey, aren't you that chick who started a fart fire on the operating table?" That said, if that had been me on the operating table there wouldn't even be a hospital anymore, just a crater.

Thanks to FireInYourHole!, who, wow, I couldn't have said it better.

  • MustacheHam

    I would not be surprised if they begin prohibiting beans from being eaten within 48 hours before surgery. :I

  • The Honklord

    What were they using the laser on??

  • scott19

    You think the women you know hate farting around people? Try being one in Japan! Under anesthesia, she probably released 20 years of holding it in. No wonder the place looks like the inside of a match.

  • The_Wretched

    This story is extremely unlikely.

  • Caustic Vapors

    Seems so. I'd call b.s. but I'm too lazy to fact check it.

  • Meh

    I read about this, and although the irony is almost too much to bear, i kinda felt bad after reading it. Imagine that happening and ending up all burned and shit..

  • 大川 JMizu

    covered in burns and shit*

  • Andrew Newton

    Whoever supplied it, fried it.

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