(East Idaho News) Sitting in a wheelchair at Portneuf Medical Center, 43-year-old Justin Firth, his wife, Anny, and his doctors are still stunned that he’s alive.
On June 27, Firth was working at Southern Idaho Commodities in Jerome building a fence. A heavy hay bale spear, called a tine, was attached to a loader when suddenly, the attachment fell and the spear pierced through Firth’s back and out of his stomach.
“I felt something hit me, and I went to the ground,” Firth recalls. “I looked up to find out what happened and I (saw) that belt tine sticking through me and into the ground. I was pretty scared. It’s pretty mind-boggling.”