A man diagnosed with haemophilia had to be admitted to a hospital after his tongue swole up and turned black.
Haemophilia is an illness which makes the body unable to clot blood on its own and triggers life-threatening bleeding.
The unnamed man’s tongue got so swollen that it blocked his airways and when doctors tried to help him breathe his heart stopped twice.
Doctors gave him drugs to help the body clot and stop the bleeding itself but the man’s tongue just got bigger and more bloody as time went on. He started struggling to breathe and was admitted to intensive care, where medics tried to put a tube down his windpipe to help him breathe. But while they were trying to do so the patient “rapidly developed an airway obstruction and cardiac arrest” his heart stopped.
Doctors did CPR for 10 minutes and managed to bring him back to life before doing emergency surgery to cut a hole in his neck for him to breathe through.
The following day, it took doctors “several hours” to try and stop the bleeding caused by the surgery and the man’s heart stopped again when they did. This time it took nine minutes of CPR to bring him back round.
Three days later he he had another operation to install a more stable airway in his neck for him to breathe through, and this one was successful.