NC: Hunter lucky to be alive after being shot in the abdomen
Gunshot survivor thankful for blood
by Tom Joyce
Arvid Simmons knows he’s extremely lucky to be alive after taking a load
of buckshot to the upper abdomen two decades ago. But he also realizes that
more than luck was involved in his survival.
Simmons’ story of survival begins on Nov. 24, 1988, Thanksgiving Day,
when he went rabbit hunting in the Slate Mountain area near Flat Rock.
Simmons, who was among a group of family members and friends, was continuing
a 43-year Thanksgiving tradition that began with hunting trips with his dad
at age 5.
As the men hunted in a remote section about 11:30 a.m., Simmons was hit
in the right upper abdomen with an accidental shot fired by a friend. He
shouted to the others that he had been wounded, took a few steps, then
collapsed. It would be revealed in the operating room that the buckshot
blast had left him with five holes in his small bowel as well as passing
through the gallbladder and penetrating his aorta.
Simmons has not been hunting since that near-tragic event in the late
1980s, although he has continued to raise beagles, a favored breed of rabbit
Return to Hunting Accident Index
Fair Use Notice: This document may contain copyrighted material
whose use has not been specifically authorized by the copyright owners. We believe
that this not-for-profit, educational use on the Web constitutes
a fair use of the copyrighted material (as provided for in section
107 of the US Copyright Law). If you wish to use this copyrighted
material for purposes of your own that go beyond fair use, you must
obtain permission from the copyright owner.