Farts are mostly harmless, except when coming into contact with laser beams and ignite



Setting farts ablaze isn’t just a low-brow party trick
performed by those with alcohol-induced impaired judgment, but a real medical
risk. According to a story in the Japanese newspaper The Asahi Shimbun, a routine
surgery in Japan took a combustible turn for the worst after a patient’s
intestinal gas leak reacted with the laser used in the surgery, setting the
surgical drapes ablaze.

The patient, a woman in her 30’s undergoing surgery on the
lower part of her uterus, suffered serious burns on the lower half of her body,
including her waist and legs.

The incident occurred in April, but only recently gained
notoriety after a team of external concluded their investigation confirming
that the passed gas was the most likely cause. Not only were no flammable
substances found in the operating room at the time of the accident, but all
hospital equipment proved without defect.

“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.”

While all medical procedures carry some degree of risk,
L.A.-based surgeon Michael Zadeh feels skeptical about the investigation’s findings. Speaking with the Huffington
Post, Zadeh explains that it would take “more than an unusual amount of methane”
in the colon to cause substantial tissue damage
and that nothing of the sort ever occurred during the multitude of colorectal
and anal surgeries he’s performed.  “All instances that I have heard of have
involved cases of bowel obstruction where there is a build-up of methane gas. I
doubt that this was the only factor in the story.”

ABC reports that the investigation recommended additional
training for medical personnel on taking future precautions to prevent
flatulence from interfering with laser beams, and learning how to put out the fire.

Source: Mental