A toddler in Florida was rushed to a hospital on Monday after being stabbed within the chest by a catfish, in accordance with officers.
On the best way to the hospital with the mom, the kid skilled issue respiratory, prompting the mother to tug over on “US-19 to name for assist,” in accordance with a Facebook post from Pasco County Fireplace Rescue.
Firefighters responded to the decision, itemizing the kid as a trauma alert after evaluating that the catfish barb was “lodged roughly 1-1.5 inches within the little one’s chest.”
The kid was airlifted to St. Joseph’s Hospital in Tampa.
Corey Dierdorff, a spokesperson for Pasco County Fireplace Rescue, informed Tampa Bay Times it was unknown whether or not the catfish was venomous. “That’s another excuse they transported in the best way that they did,” he mentioned.
Dierdorff additionally famous it was not clear how the kid was stabbed by the catfish, calling the incident “odd.”
“I’ve by no means heard of one thing like that,” he mentioned. “You hear of fisherman that could be reduce by a barb or hit behind the leg and get an an infection, however by no means heard of 1 penetrating the chest.”
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Fee not too long ago warned fishermen in regards to the Hardhead Catfish and Gafftopsail Catfish, generally present in Southwest Florida. The species are inclined to dwell in seashores, canals, mangroves, beneath docks and different areas the place brackish waters are discovered.
Catfish carry poison within the spines on their again and facet fins, not of their “whiskers,” and their stings could trigger swelling, numbness, fainting or a decreased coronary heart price, according to the Florida Department of Health.