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    Flatulence Causes Operating Table Fire

    Flatulence Causes Operating Table Fire

    Sydney Morning Herald

    A patient's "gas leak" is being blamed for bringing his operation to a fiery end.

    The man suffered minor burns in a brief but dramatic operating theatre fire which is believed to have been caused by flatulence, The New Zealand Herald reported.

    The man was at the Southern Cross Hospital in Invercargill to have haemorrhoids removed and was singed in the "exceedingly rare" incident involving his own gas.

    "This was thought to be flatus containing methane igniting," a health source told the newspaper.

    "There was a sort of flashfire and that was it, but it was fairly alarming at the time."

    Haemorrhoids are swollen veins in the lining of the anus. If they protrude outside the body and become troublesome, they can be removed by surgery, which in the Invercargill case employed an electrical "diathermy" machine - a hand-held tool for cutting tissue and cauterising to stop bleeding. But it produces heat and can spark.

    Southern Cross is releasing little detail other than confirming an "electrical fire" occurred on March 22 and that it commissioned an independent forensic scientist to investigate.

    Patients "gas leak" causes operating table fire.

    Can you just imagine? :grin:

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    Re: Flatulence Causes Operating Table Fire

    that sucks, I would think it would be bad enough just to have hemmoroids

    Thanks PurpleMafia

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