The heart of a 48 year old man not only moved from the left side of his body to the right, but then shifted back in less than 24 hours!
A 48 year old Italian had a motorcycle accident, but managed to walk away with only some broken ribs, a ruptured spleen and a punctured lung. However, it turned out something else was also wrong with his body. After the man was hospitalized, the doctors were unable to hear his heartbeat while looking for his heart on the left side of his ribcage. The medics weren’t originally able to detect the man’s heartbeat, because the organ had shifted its position shortly after the accident. Within an hour after the crash one of the man’s lungs started leaking air and the sudden air movement caused the heart to make a 90 degree turn to the right.
Fortunately, the surgeons were able to remove the air and the man’s organ returned to its usual place in less than 24 hours. His extremely unusual case was published in the New England Journal of Medicine.