British doctors have broken new ground by becoming the first to treat a man with a tiny laser that burns away tissue inside a beating heart.
Scott Rosser, 34, says that he has no idea how the tiny laser came to be lodged inside his heart in the first place.
‘I started getting quite severe chest pains a few weeks ago, so I called NHS Direct. They told me that the symptoms could point to a number of things, it could be a heart attack, it could just be stress, or it could be that I had a tiny laser burning away tissue inside my heart. They sent an ambulance out to collect me straight away and took me to the local hospital to get checked out.’
Various tests were performed on Scott and doctors asked him a number of questions about his overall health ‘Have you travelled to the far East or Africa recently? Other than the chest pains are you generally fit and well and not having any other problems? Have you travelled to any experimental medical facilities in the last couple of weeks where they may have inserted a tiny laser into your heart without your knowledge and accidentally left it there? Do you or anybody in your family have any history of tiny lasers appearing inside your heart and burning away tissue?’
When he answered no to all of these questions doctors were at a loss to explain how the laser had found its way into Scott’s beating heart, but being reasonably confident that it probably shouldn’t be there, they immediately prepped him for emergency surgery to remove it.
‘I can’t thank the doctors enough, they probably saved my life with the prompt removal of the laser. I’m still baffled as to how it got there, but my son has been very evasive when I asked him about his GCSE Physics coursework.’