This beautiful young woman has had to undergo emergency surgery after she went in for an acupuncture session and accidentally had her lung perforated.
Jessika Aldrey Germiniani went in for acupuncture to relieve pain in her neck in the town of Sorriso in the Brazilian state of Mato Grosso on Monday, 11th October.
However, she got more than she bargained for and had to go to hospital just hours later to undergo emergency surgery for a collapsed lung after she found herself in pain and short of breath.
At the time of reporting, the young woman was still in hospital and has a chest tube inserted to drain her pleural space.
She told news portal G1: “I was terrified when the doctor said I needed emergency surgery. I started crying, I went into shock. I have a five-year-old son, who could have been left without a mother today. The doctor said I got a new lease of life.”
Jessika revealed that she had sought out a massage therapist earlier in the week because she had neck pain. She revealed it was the woman who insisted on performing acupuncture.
Jessika told G1: “I felt a lot of pain at the time, but she said it was part of the procedure and released me to go home. At the same time, I started to feel pain and shortness of breath. I got home and tried to lie down, but I couldn’t and the shortness of breath increased.”
She revealed that the doctor told her that had she not come to the hospital that same day, she would have likely died.
When her tube is finally removed, she will need checkups with a physiotherapist.
Many experts have described acupuncture, a component of traditional Chinese medicine, as a pseudoscience. Several trials and reviews of the practice suggest is not effective.
It is unclear if Jessika’s massage therapist, whose identity was not reported, faces legal action or a police investigation.