Fortunately, not every day is fraught with the type of job site accident Dennis Hennis went through on his neighbors roof.
Working on the roof of a house has several inherent dangers associated with the job, ladders, slick or icy roofing, skinned knees etc. etc...
Independent builder Dennis Hennis however, took the problems to an entirely different level when he was working on his neighbors roof. NY Daily News and ABC reports that Hennis shot himself with a four inch nail while he was attempting to clear the nail gun he was using after it jammed.
The nail gun fired a nail directly into Hennis' chest. It felt like someone poking me in the chest, like a tap
Doctors stated the nail had penetrated the right side of Hennis' heart. Hennis apparently didn't lose consciousness while he was waiting for the ambulance with his son.
It is however, at this point that a series of coincidences occurred which allowed Hennis to live through the ordeal.
First, it was foggy in New Jersey when the accident happened and a Medi-Flight wasn't able to be used for the 50 mile flight to Cooper University Hospital.
Instead, the trip was made by ambulance, while the trauma team had been alerted and was on stand-by at the hospital. The trip was in progress when the fog lifted and the Emergency Medical Technicians went back to the local hospital to airlift Hennis to Cooper Univ. Hospital. But being at the local hospital allowed a team to stabilize Hennis from the cardiac arrest he'd just gone into.
En-route to Cooper Univ. Hospital and on landing, Hennis again went into cardiac arrest, but the trauma team and cardiac were on the roof and again were able to do CPR and revive Hennis.
It took two hours for the surgeons to correct the tear in the heart which had been made larger by the two CPR sessions. Hennis was in and out of consciousness for three days and finally made a full recovery to awareness on Tuesday and is now a very happy individual, with a remarkable story to tell his grandson, who was born one week ago on Hennis' birthday.
“He’s very lucky. There are so many things that had to take place for him to be alive,” Dr. Michael Rosenbloom, one of the surgeons at Cooper who treated Hennis - “You’re talking about a puncture wound to the heart.”
Dennis Hennis is scheduled to be released from the hospital today on Resurrection Sunday, or Easter, as so many Christians across the globe call it.
authors note: the nail was more than likely not four inches long, but instead, a three and a half inch 16d nail