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Date : 13-Jan-2012
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Doctor :   hi
Doctor :   how can i help you?
User :   Hi, Ok look, I don't have a lot of time so please just answer my questions the best you can, kay? Ok, to cut a long story short me and my friend were out in the garage building a thing for wood shop class. Anyways, to cut a long story short, he fell and the nail gun went into his side side, about a centimeter above the belly button.
User :   ok, well, anyways. he's at the hospital right now, but they won't tell me anything cause of the hipaa act. anyways...
Doctor :   ok
Doctor :   proceed
User :   when the ambulance was coming, he moved the nail around. I told him not too but he did. he said the tip of the nail was in a really tender that the intestine? is the intestine hard?
User :   or soft?
Doctor :   intestines are visceral structures which are soft in nature
User :   so it would of been easy for the nail to stab the intestine once it got through all the muscle and stuff?
User :   oh, and if it did puncture his intestine, would he need surgery? and if he did, how long would he be in the hospital for?
Doctor :   if it is long enough it can
Doctor :   if he got a penetration to his intestines he needs an immediate surgery , it will leads to 2 -3 weeks hospitalization

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