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Man Miracle Survivor Story
OCTOBER 04, 2013 Minnesota carpenter Eugene Rakow has a second shot at life after he literally took a shot to the heart. Rakow of St. Bonifacius, Minn., is recovering from accidentally shooting a 3.5-inch nail into his chest that came within 2 millimeters of his coronary artery.
The harrowing incident unfolded Friday while the 58-year-old man was repairing his neighbor's deck when his nail gun kicked back, firing the spike through his chest and piercing his heart.
"It came down and, boom, right in my chest," Rakow recounted. "It was hard to catch my breath."
"At one point I started to lose it and he said, 'Get it together,'" Carmen Rakow said. "He said he felt gurgling and felt some crunching in his chest."
With her own heart sinking, Rakow rushed her husband to the hospital. The nail's location in his heart is most likely what saved his life, heart surgeon Dr. Louis B. Louis IV of Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis says.Read more: Yahoo News