A famous sword-swallower has been rushed to the hospital with life-threatening injuries after an accident during a live show at Six Flags left him with a punctured esophagus, liver, and lung.
After more than a month after the accident and weeks in a medically induced coma, Scott Nelson, also known by his stage name Mystic Morgan, gets up, speaks again and thanks him for being alive.
Nelson was about a third of the way through his act at Six Flags America in Washington, D.C. on October 31 when he began to feel unwell after his five-sword swallowing motions.
“It was really hard to breathe, and my chest felt full,” Nelson told KGTV.
“I knew I was in big trouble… I really thought I was going to die,” he said.
Nelson, 59, wields dull swords that are about half an inch wide and between 24 and 28 inches long. The San Diego native said he has been swallowing swords for more than 25 years, and that this is the second “scissors” incident he has had.
“I have to keep carrying swords in handfuls. If I leave them too early, that’s when scissors happen. I leave them too early, and they scatter from each other and cut scissors,” he said. “Two penetrated my esophagus all the way through. One hit my liver and the other penetrated my lung.”
Nelson was taken to a local hospital and underwent several surgeries, including the removal of part of his lung, before doctors placed him in a coma for about a month. When he woke up, one of the surgeons told him that they didn’t think he would survive.
And the sexy artist posted pictures on social media showing horrific scars and bruises from the accident and surgeries.
“HOLY MOLLY!!!! I have no idea just how bad this was!!! he wrote in the post on Facebook.
Since his miraculous escape, Nelson said he had a “spiritual awakening” and vowed never to swallow a sword again.
I will not swallow any more swords. Nelson told KGTV.
However, “the most dangerous man in show business” said he would continue to do other parts of his act — like eating light bulbs and lying on a bed of nails, he said.
He launched a GoFundMe to help with medical costs. He also said that he would not be able to work for three to four months.
“Five shearing swords in my abdominal cavity. It also looks like I pierced my liver lobe. The good news is I quit smoking and lost over 50 pounds,” he wrote on the site.
Nelson has appeared as a sword swallower on the AMC series “Freakshow”, ABC’s “Cougar Town” and CBS’s “CSI: NY”.
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