A patient was seriously burnt by a fire which was caused by her fart during a surgical procedure.
According to Tokyo Medical University Hospital, the fire occurred at the university hospital on April 15 when the patient, in her 30s, was undergoing an operation which involved applying a laser to her cervix, the lower part of the uterus.
The laser is believed to have been ignited by the gas she passed. The fire burnt much of her body, including her waist and legs, the report said.
A committee of external experts who examined the case said in a report released on Oct 28 that no flammable materials were in the operation room during the surgery.
“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 said.