advertisement
12 August 2010

A hole in the head

What's worse than a bullet in the brain? Being driven over by a truck, says Susan Erasmus. And you thought you were having a crappy day.

What's worse than a bullet in the brain? Being driven over by a truck, says Susan Erasmus. And you thought you were having a crappy day.

A KZN man, who tried to commit suicide by shooting himself in the mouth with a (low-calibre) .22 rifle, survived the shot, got out of his car, presumably to seek help, and was run over by a truck as he crossed the road.

All very tragic, but it does have a certain Laurel-and-Hardy touch to it for the more macabre-minded among us. What lends a certain irony to the story is that this guy is (at the time of writing) still alive, in hospital, and being treated for his injuries, and presumably fighting for his life.

If he is a medical scheme member, this could be problematic: most medical schemes do not pay out for self-inflicted injuries. But they will pay out for the damage caused by the truck. Now apart from removing the actual bullet from his brain, how are they going to determine which injuries come from which incident? Being hit by a truck presumably makes you look and feel as if you've, well, been hit by a truck.

But here’s the thing: the best-laid plans of mice and men go oft awry. And that is where the sense of the ridiculous enters the picture.

 
NEXT ON HEALTH24X

More by Cybershrink

2013-02-09 07:27

More:

Columnists
advertisement

Read Health24’s Comments Policy

Comment on this story
0 comments
Comments have been closed for this article.

Live healthier

Lifestyle »

E-cigarettes: Here are five things to know

E-cigarettes have become hugely popular in the past decade, but a rash of vaping-linked deaths and illnesses in the US is feeding caution about a product that's already banned in some places.

Allergy »

Ditch the itch: Researchers find new drug to fight hives

A new drug works by targeting an immune system antibody called immunoglobulin E, which is responsible for the allergic reaction that causes hives.

advertisement