A man was struck in the heart by a stray crossbow arrow and miraculously survived

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  • An Italian man survived a surgery described as “exceptional” to remove an arrow lodged 12 inches deep in his chest.
  • The cause of the accident, which occurred while the man was using a crossbow, is under investigation.
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An Italian man miraculously survived after being struck in the heart by an arrow.

The 47-year-old patient, who was completely conscious, arrived at Molinette Hospital in Turin, Italy with an arrow lodged 12 inches deep in his chest. And, after a grueling surgery, he made it out alive, a hospital spokesperson told INSIDER.

An Italian man survived surgery to remove an arrow from his heart.

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An Italian man survived surgery to remove an arrow from his heart.
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The doctors performed the procedure without massive bleeding, describing it as “exceptional” and extremely successful. The arrow had punctured the man’s heart and lung.

The cause of the accident, which occurred while the man was using a crossbow, is under investigation, the spokesperson said. Police haven’t ruled out the possibility of a suicide attempt, according to the Italian wire service ANSA.