Man Says He's 'Lucky To Be Alive' After .50 Caliber Rifle Exploded In His Face

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Photo Credit: Kentucky Ballistics

Photo Credit: Kentucky Ballistics

Scott Allen DeShields Jr. admits he’s lucky to be alive after his .50 caliber rifle exploded in his face.

The incident was caught on camera, and the video has racked up over 11 million views on YouTube.

According to a message he wrote on Kentucky Ballistics' Instagram page, DeShields stated that he believed the ammunition had been tampered with, causing the rifle to blow up in his face.

DeShields, who runs the Kentucky Ballistics page, thanked God for sparing his life, hailed His mercies and said that God is good all the time.

He wrote, "A 1 inch piece of metal blew through my neck lacerating my jugular vein and puncturing a hole in my right lung. My right lung would later fill with blood and collapse. My right orbital bone broke in three places and my nose broke. I went blind in my right eye instantly (My eyesight returned a day later)."

"My left index finger snapped and I had fractured ribs. After having my right lung intubated and drained while I was awake, I was then sedated and life flighted to Vanderbilt hospital in Nashville," he added.

DeShields explained that the Vanderbilt University Medical Center doctors were able to perform lifesaving surgery.

"There were many risks such as me bleeding out and having a stroke," he wrote. "Praise God the surgery was a success!"

He revealed that on the drive to the hospital, his left thumb was "shoved into the hole in [his] neck" to prevent blood loss. His doctors told him that this saved his life, and that he would have otherwise bled to death.

"God is good!" he concluded.

The full post reads:

I was filming a video shooing my Serbu RN 50 with 50 BMG SLAP ammunition. The ammunition was overpowered. To my understanding these were genuine military rounds, but apparently they had been tampered with. This caused my 50 BMG to explode.

A 1 inch piece of metal blew through my neck lacerating my jugular vein and puncturing a hole in my right lung. My right lung would later fill with blood and collapse. My right orbital bone broke in three places and my nose broke. I went blind in my right eye instantly (My eyesight returned a day later). My left index finger snapped and I had fractured ribs.

After having my right lung intubated and drained while I was awake, I was then sedated and life flighted to Vanderbilt hospital in Nashville. The Trauma Team saved my life. They cut open my rib cage completely to remove the shrapnel, repair my lung and repair my jugular vein.

This is easier said than done. There were many risks such as me bleeding out and having a stroke. Praise God the surgery was a success! The entire drive to the hospital I had my left thumb shoved into the hole in my neck to attempt to stop the bleeding. The doctors said I lost a tremendous amount of blood. They said that I would typically have 6 to 8 Units in my body max and they gave me 5 units total. They said my thumb in my neck saved me. I would have died otherwise. They also told me that the majority of people would have died from these injuries.

It's been a couple weeks and I'm healing extremely fast. I came home in just 8 days! There is A LOT more to this story. It's too much to put in this post. I recommend you go watch my video on YouTube. I describe everything in detail. God is good!

Sources: Blaze Media

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