New Mexico mountain biker stabbed through neck with tree branch

Mountain Biker

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – While riding his bike outside of Albuquerque, a man was stabbed through the neck with a tree branch.  The man knew better than to try to remove the branch and instead drove 20 miles to the University of New Mexico Hospital.

The tree limb could have caused a serious injury if it hit a major blood vessel, nerve or the patient’s airway, but the CT scan showed it went right through, missing everything important.

Surgeons were able to quickly remove the branch and close the wound.

The man’s story appeared in the latest edition of the New England Journal of Medicine. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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