- Associated Press - Tuesday, August 15, 2017

PESHTIGO, Wis. (AP) - The Latest on a Wisconsin man who survived shooting a nail into his chest with a nail gun:

5:15 p.m.

The doctor who operated on a Wisconsin man who shot himself with a nail gun says the nail punctured the patient’s heart.

Dr. Alexander Roitstein performed the surgery on Doug Bergeson at Aurora BayCare Medical Center in Green Bay in June.

He said Tuesday it was difficult to assess how deeply the nail penetrated, but said it left bruising and a hole.

Roitstein said the nail was a fraction of an inch from a major artery.

Bergeson was working on a house near Peshtigo in June when the incident happened.


1:53 p.m.

A Wisconsin man came perilously close to death after accidentally shooting a nail into his chest.

Doug Bergeson tells WBAY-TV that he was working on a house he’s building near Peshtigo in June when his nail gun accidentally fired, sending a nail into his chest.

Bergeson says “it didn’t really hurt,” and he thought the nail just nicked him. Then he saw that only about an inch of 3½ inch nail was sticking out of his chest.

Bergeson says he washed up and calmly drove to a hospital in Marinette, about 10 miles (16 kilometers) away. He parked and walked into the emergency room.

He was transferred to a hospital in Green Bay, where surgeons removed the nail. Dr. Alexander Roitstein says Bergeson is “quite fortunate” the nail wasn’t positioned differently.

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