Being on the front lines of health care, doctors and nurses face tragedies and intense situations every day, giving them plenty of disturbing ER stories. From horrible accidents to psychotic patients, medical professionals deal with a lot in their jobs. They’ve seen stuff we couldn’t even imagine and probably don’t want to think about. In many cases, these disturbing medical stories have pushed them to the edge, making it a struggle to have faith in humanity. We’re going to warn you right here and now, many of these stories are very troubling and contain graphic information. So, don’t say we didn’t warn you. Ready to see what’s it’s like to be a healthcare professional? Here are 25 Most Disturbing ER Stories.
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Looking Right Back
A woman came into the ER complaining of pain in her bottom, so the doctor, figuring it was a lump or spot, asked her to take down her trousers so he could examine it. When he bent down to look at the object, the object looked right back. It was a very large worm. He vomited and another doctor ended up fainting.
Fish Hook in Eye
One ER doctor tells of a time a young woman who came in clutching her eye. She was followed in by her friends, who were covering their mouths. It turns out that she had stood behind someone while they were fishing. The hook got caught in her eye! Luckily for everyone involved, it was just hooked through her eyelid and the doctor was able to numb her and pull it through.
One Redditor explained that they saw a patient that had a cyst was the size of a jawbreaker. They had to end up lancing it, and once they did, it exploded with pus and made a squeaking sound.
One Redditor said that paramedics brought in a 500-pound obese woman who had passed out on her bed. They had to bring her linens with her to find a way to move her. Unfortunately, she died during a cardiac workup in the cath lab and was sent to the morgue. During her clean up, they found a dead cat in one of her folds. From them on, the cath lab was renamed “cat lab” until HR found out about it.
One nurse was doing chest compressions on a woman whose heart had stopped. Unconscious and not breathing, they assumed the woman to be dead. But, suddenly, with more chest compressions, she reached up and grabbed the nurse by the wrists before falling back and never coming back.