Sword Swallower Nearly Dies from Torn Esophagus, Attempts Redemption

Posted by on January 12th, 2012

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Hannibul Hellmurto, a legendary sword swallower working with the UK’s Circus of Horrors show suffered an on the job injury last October. He tore a four-inch gash in his esophagus while attempting to stick a lit neon bulb down his throat.

What resulted was three weeks in intensive care and five weeks before before he was released from the hospital. He explains to HuffingtonPost Weird News that this injury is akin to a rotator cuff tear for a baseball pitcher. But like an athlete, the question remains if he can still be as effective as he was before the trauma.

This YouTube video, posted on December 30th, 2011 demonstrates his return to the trick that nearly ended his life.

[Huffington Post]

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