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Firefighter nearly died after popcorn got stuck in his teeth

Firefighter nearly died after popcorn got stuck in his teeth”

Firefighter Adam Martin, 41, ended up needing open heart surgery after he got a potentially fatal blood infection- from a piece of popcorn stuck in his teeth.

A British man underwent open-heart surgery after developing a risky infection after he used a nail when trying to remove a piece of popcorn from his teeth.

Adam had to undergo a seven-hour open-heart surgery to replace his heart's aortic valve and fix the mitral valve, which had been allegedly damaged by the infection.

Mr Martin, who works as a firefighter in Cornwall, mentioned he got here down with a fever which left him critically anxious about his well being.

"I had a feeling there was something seriously wrong", he told South West News Service. I was sleeping an bad lot and I felt terrible.

'I had pain and discomfort in my legs and I just didn't feel quite right.

When Martin was admitted to Royal Cornwall Hospital for testing, results showed heart damage caused by the infection. All from a popcorn kernel stuck in his teeth.

"I will never eat popcorn again, that's for sure".

Martin, now on the mend, believes the entire health scare could have been avoided had he not damaged his gums trying to remove the piece of popcorn.

He put everything from the top of a pen, a tooth, a piece of wire and even a metal nail into his mouth in an attempt to remove popcorn.

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The ordeal started when he shared a bag of popcorn with his wife Helen, 38, at the end of September.

He also had a blood blister on his toe - which was later diagnosed as a Janeway lesion, a sign of infective endocarditis. At this point, I was very anxious.

Docs managed to avoid wasting him by means of an operation to take away an contaminated blood clot from his leg and one other seven-hour surgical procedure to exchange a valve in his coronary heart.

'I felt fairly sick and I knew I used to be not proper in any respect'. He was then transferred to a different hospital, where he reportedly underwent a seven-hour open heart surgery to fix his mitral valve and replace his aortic valve.

Adam said: "My heart was not properly working anymore". It was essentially wrecked.

"If I had gone to the dentist in the first place then none of this would have happened". He mentioned: "All of it occurred so rapidly and it did get sketchy".

"I don't want anyone to go through what I have done".

"It's insane to think all this happened because of that". "Any sign of toothache, bleeding gums, abscess, get it checked out!" Well, I am going to be careful the next time I binge-snack on popcorn. If Adam's infection was caught earlier it could have been treated with antibiotics.

Bacteria infecting the inner lining of your heart causes this cardiac condition.



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