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Fart leads to fire during surgery in Tokyo

A patient’s fart during surgery at the Tokyo Medical University Hospital in Shinjuku Ward led to a fire that caused serious burns on her body

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A patient’s fart during surgery at the Tokyo Medical University Hospital in Shinjuku Ward led to a fire that caused serious burns on her body, according to a report published by the hospital last week.

The incident originally took place in April, however the report was published on October 28 after a committee had to determine whether or not the fart was the cause of the burns, rather than flammable materials in the operation room.

“When the patient’s intestinal gas leaked into the space of the operation [room], it ignited with the irradiation of the laser, and the burning spread, eventually reaching the surgical drape and causing the fire,” the report stated.