999 Critical Condition viewers left watching through their fingers as man's face sliced open on metal bar | The Sun

999 CRITICAL Condition viewers were left watching the show through their fingers as medics tended to a man whose face had been sliced open on metal bar.

The gruesome scenes took place on the eye-opening Channel 5 programme, which details the real life drama in the Major Trauma Centre at Royal Stoke University Hospital.

On Wednesday night's episode, Press Setter Operator Simon Wright was rushed in for emergency surgery after a sheet of industrial metal sliced through his face.

Viewers watched as Emergency Medicine Consultant And Trauma Team Lead Dr Anthony Taylor led a team of NHS doctors in a desperate bid to save Simon's face, as well as operating on his seriously damaged eye.

One wrote on Twitter: "Watching #999CriticalCondition and I’m just in awe of the amazing surgeon’s. That’s when I have removed my hands to see the injuries."

Another squeamish viewer added: "How amazing is our NHS, watching with my hands over my eyes..xx".

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"Crikey this face surgery is gruesome….But staggering skill by the surgical team," said a third.

A fourth commented: "Watching things like #999CriticalCondition just shows how amazing our NHS is."

As he recalled the accident, Simon told the Daily Star: "I don't actually remember the accident itself. But things have been pieced together to a certain degree for me.

"So to my understanding, I was bending a piece of work, or possibly even taking a little bit of a bend out of a piece of work. I'm not 100% sure.

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"So the piece of metal just snapped from my understanding, just at the wrong place at the wrong time, I suppose."

On the extent of work done to his face, he explained: "I’m not sure how many breaks there were but I know, there’s no eye-socket, no cheekbone and they’ve all been replaced with plates.

"The jaw I think has got two plates holding it together. The scalp where they obviously had to do brain surgery, they took the top of the scalp off and I think that’s held together by eight plates.

"My nose has been rebuilt and I think there’s a couple of plates on the right hand side of my forehead.”

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