A Wyoming ski instructor is recovering from a shocking wipe out that caused him to impale his face on a branch while trying to jump between two trees.
Natty Hagood, 29, who works at the Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, was snow boarding with his roommate, Pete, and another woman from out of town when the incident occurred on March 1.
‘I thought maybe my chinstrap got pushed up into my face, so I tried to brush it off and that’s when I felt the stick,’ Hagood told the Idaho State Journal.
According to Hagood, he experience no pain when the 18-inch branch shot through the bottom right side of his lip and exited the other.
Wyoming ski instructor, Natty Hagood (pictured), 29, is recovering from a shocking wipe out that caused him to impale his face on a branch while trying to jump between two trees
Ski patrol said that he needed to brace it before riding down, meaning Hagood had to snap the foot and half long branch down to about six inches (pictured)
‘So, I shook left to right and saw the stick moving in my peripherals. I reached out and grabbed it and wiggled it before realizing it was pretty far in there.’
Hagood said he had just made the ‘first five turns’ down a black run-slope called Thunder and was coming back to the life line, when he ‘saw a gap between two trees’.
‘With my experience, you can bash between trees and it’s not that big of a deal. But this time I guess I didn’t get away with it.’
Hagood attempted to jump between the trees, but he was knocked off balance into the snow.
He told the newspaper he thought his ‘chinstrap got pushed up into my face, so I tried to brush it off and that’s when I felt the stick’.
‘Holy crap, I just got impaled. And then I yelled over to Pete, ‘Hey look I got a new piercing.”’
Ski patrol told Hagood that he needed to brace the wound before riding down the mountain.
‘It was initially about a foot and half long,’ Hagood told the Journal. ‘But I braced it against my cheek and snapped it down to about 6 inches.’
Ski patrol wrapped it, stabilized it by securing the stick to his face and loaded him up into the sled before transporting him to the bottom of the mountain
Doctors were able to patch him up with 15 stitches, but not before handing him a hospital bill of nearly $1,500, but after creating a GoFundMe page, Hagood (pictured) was able to meet his goal
Member of the patrol then wrapped and stabilized the branch by securing it to his face before transporting him to the bottom of the mountain.
Hagood said the pain started to set in once he got to the hospital.
He told the Journal that doctors had to ‘cut the top-left section of my lip near the exit-wound, trimmed the back half and pulled it through’.
Doctors were able to patch him up with 15 stitches, but not before handing him a hospital bill of nearly $1,500.
Hagood set up a GoFundMe page to offset the cost of his medical bills and as of Tuesday afternoon, the page met his goal.
He wrote: ‘This was totally unplanned and sucks…Guess I should reconsider the lip piercing trend.’