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Man faints at sight of blood, dies

Discussion in 'The Okie Corral' started by TBO, Mar 8, 2012.

  1. rjrivero

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    Faint---->Head bonk---->Subdural Hematoma-----> Brain herniation ------->Death. Can happen in minutes if the circumstances are "right."
     

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    26-year-old Fernando Aburto cut his hand while stripping insulation from wire at a recycling plant. At the sight of his own blood, he fainted and hit his head on concrete. He was taken to a hospital where he died.

    This is an extremely unfortunate accident. But as the head is the heaviest part of your body (think gravity!), and there's concrete sidewalks, pavements, roads and floors everywhere, head meeting concrete is never good for the head.
     
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  3. smokin762

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    That was one bad domino effect.:wow:

    I am sorry for his family's loss.
     
  4. jknight8907

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    Heaviest by what metric? Seems lighter than, say, the leg.
     
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    I have a good friend that this happens too. Can even be a graphic description of gore that can set this off with him. He actually goes into shock and it takes a good while to bring him back around. Low shallow rapid pulse and plunging blood pressure. Cannot completely respond and appears drunk. Something like situational hypotensive shock or some such nonsense. Really terrible thing to have. Fortunately it doesn't happen often but it often is in public and very embarrassing to him and those around him. And scares the heck out of you if your there with him.
     
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    I know it's counter-intuitive, but if you see people who jump or fall off high places, eventually they free fall head first.
     
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    The body is definitely very top-heavy, but the head itself? Doesn't add up.
     
  8. glockurai

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    Sad indeed. Talk about bad luck.

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  9. Altaris

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    I had a friend in college like this. At the end of our senior year he cut his hand(super small cut). He fainted at the sight of the blood and fell face forward into the corner of the desk. and took out both of his front teeth. He had to do the graduation ceremony the next day so the dentist couldn't put the replacements in until afterwards.
     
  10. NeverMore1701

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    How the hell can someone faint at the sight of a little blood from a cut hand?


    :faint:
     
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    That is something I have never understood either. I can watch an open heart surgery on youtube while I eat lunch and am perfectly fine, yet some people I know don't even want to talk about blood let alone see it. :dunno:
     
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    Dear lord, please don't let this turn into another "muscle is heavier than fat" "are we talking density or volume" thread.
     
  13. jknight8907

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    It's nice to understand what someone means when they offer information. That's how we continue learning.
     
  14. Blaster

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    I watched someone go down and out from a finger ***** for a hemoglobin test during a flight physical. I'm talking about seeing a 'drop' of his own blood. :wow:
     
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    :upeyes::upeyes::upeyes:

    Don't understand it.
     
  16. F14Scott

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    I get faint at the sight of lots of blood.

    The first time, I was in flight school, dating a veterinarian. She asked if I would like to watch her operate on a dog. Sounded cool,so I went. As she was working, my ears started buzzing and my vision turned to black and white, then started to tunnel down. From my flight training, I recognized that I was passing out, did the AGSM, and got to a chair. The weird thing was that I wasn't grossed out at all. It was fascinating, seeing that dog's insides. I was very interested and alert. My body just decided that passing out (almost) was the right thing to do.

    The second time, I was at SERE school. They killed a rabbit and taught us how to clean and skin it. Mid-way through the demonstration, I got the buzzing and the tunnelling again. Same deal: not grossed out, just going night-night.

    Since then, I've donated several gallons of blood. If I try to watch the needle going in or even just look at it sticking into my arm, same thing, the lights start to flicker. So, I just look away.

    I'm not squeamish, and am usually the first guy helping the injured, but something about my makeup causes me to feel light headed when I see a lot of blood.
     
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    They probably don't either... can't imagine that it's a voluntary reaction.
     
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    "Life's hard, wear a helmet." Dennis Leary

    To soon?
     
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    I had to look it up as I also get lightheaded.

    Vasovagal syncope.