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The nail design, however, is likely what saved Rakow's life: "The sternum acted like a two-by-four in that it caught the nail and prevented the nail from going any deeper," Louis told MyFoxTwinCities.com, adding, "Once we were able to get a hold of it, we were able to work it out very carefully and then it was a simple two stitches to repair the injury in the heart."
Two days later, Rakow was sent home to his wife and seven kids. He will require six weeks off from work to recover from the heart puncture.
"The surgeon said I ought to buy a lottery ticket, [h]e said you've got to be the luckiest man alive," he later recounted to KARE 11.