Swimmer impaled by catfish while swimming

f508c29e-cd0d-4645-b7e6-8cbacc17cf30

Editor's Picks
Sometimes pricy, sometimes cheap. Credit: Shutterstock
Features Post
Are fish really worth the price?
07 November 2019
Readers Tanks Post
Your tanks: Mark Allison
30 October 2019

A woman had to have a catfish removed from her stomach after it impaled her with one of its pectoral spines.

She had reportedly been swimming at a resort in Sao Paulo, Brazil, when the incident occurred.

Ambulance worker Marcelo Araujo, was among the team called to the woman’s aid. "We were alerted to an incident where an object had penetrated a swimmer’s stomach and when we got there, discovered it was a fish," he said on Facebook

He explained that the catfish was cut away but the serrated spine was left in her body until she reached hospital. "She was in a lot of pain. We didn’t remove the spine because only a doctor can do this. We took her to hospital so she could have microsurgery.

"Generally we deal with people who have stood on fish or have cut a finger touching one, but I’ve never seen a catfish stuck to someone’s stomach. It was definitely a first."

Posted by Marcelo Araújo Tamada on Friday, January 8, 2016