A Kansas teen was stabbed with pliers after a freak accident on a snow-covered road

A Kansas teen was stabbed with pliers after a freak accident on a snow-covered road

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A Kansas teen was hospitalized last week after he fell on a pair of pliers, and one of the metal handles ended up piercing his skin and breaking his hip bone.

Joey Ziman, 15, of Wakini, was shoveling snow with a friend when an icy surface caused him to slip and fall on a pair of tongs he was carrying last Saturday. When he stood up, he tried to resume his work but was unable to locate the pliers, until he discovered they had punctured his body, Fox Television Stations reported.

“I didn’t know they were there (his body) until I looked down,” he said, explaining that he often carries pliers as is customary in agricultural work. “Then I tried to get them out and they wouldn’t come out.”

Joey said he remained calm but then “started yelling at my friend’s mother to come help me.” Then he was taken to the hospital.

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Joey, the pliers

Joey Ziman, 15, of Wakinee, Kansas, was stabbed with pliers after he slipped and fell. (Alicia Zeman)

The initial hospital airlifted Joey to a second hospital, where doctors removed the pincers. They said the tool fractured Joey’s hip bone but spared his internal organs.

Zeman was subsequently released and allowed to recover at home, where he was using crutches, Fox Television Stations reported.

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X-ray of pliers

Joey Zeman, 15, of Wakinee, Kansas, is recovering at home after being injured last week. (Alicia Zeman)

Joey is lying in a hospital bed

Joey Zeman, 15, of Wakinee, Kansas, is recovering at home after being injured last week. (Alicia Zeman)

When he returned to work, he said he would be more careful. “While I’m shoveling snow, I’ll just take my time.”

On his way to the initial hospital, Zeman called his mother, who initially thought the story was a joke because he often pulled pranks and usually avoided receiving professional treatment for injuries.

Someone shoveling snow

Joey Ziman said he remained calm but then “started screaming for my friend’s mother to come help him.” Then he was taken to the hospital. (Istock)

“They’re farm kids, so it’s like taking a farmer to the emergency room,” his mother, Alicia, told Fox Television Stations. “They don’t like to go much. It must be pretty bad.”

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His mother also had advice for her son; “Just don’t carry pliers on the ice.”

Zeman is expected to make a full recovery, according to the report.

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