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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Ripped Out Eyeball
One Redditor explained that his dad was a nursing student and had to bring in a woman who acted out violently. She flailed everywhere and then started attacking herself. Eventually, she ripped out her own eye. It hung out of the socket by the optic nerve as they were trying to restrain her.
A Bad Rash
An ER nurse attended to a young man who came in complaining of having flu-like symptoms for three days. He wasn’t going to come in but started getting a weird rash. Tragically, he was experiencing the end stages of bacterial meningitis. Before long, he was bleeding out of the eyes and diminished quickly. When he died, he was soaked in blood and had a purple and swollen face; he was completely unrecognizable.
One man came into the ER complaining about having pain in his bottom and not being able to sit down. He said he had some kind of “foreign body” in his anus. When they examined him, they found he had a stool leg up there. He said he had accidentally fallen on it, and it had gotten stuck. He told the nurses not to tell his wife.
According to one Redditor, a 500-pound man smelling like rotting flesh was admitted into their ER. They initially found him wasting away in a car and had to cut him out. When they examined him, they found rotten and decayed flesh being eaten away by maggots. The wounds were so big, his hip bones were showing.
One doctor tells of how a patient coming in with such bad breath, his wife had forced him to come in. Under the man’s tongue was a small bump, which the patient said would come and go. The bump looked like a small white head and told of an infection. However, when the doctor went to make the incision to let it drain, no puss came out. Instead he was met with something rock hard. He then grabbed a small pair of forceps and pulled on the small white bump…and ended up pulling out a 23 mm salivary duct stone! Most salivary duct stones are smaller than 10 mm. Photo by Raj Waghmare, used with permission.