It doesn’t take much to get hurt snowboarding but getting impaled by a tree branch is a bit much.
This extremely horrifying snowboarding accident that happened in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. A 29-year-old ski instructor named Natty Hagood tried to go through some trees on a run and instead had a tree go through him.
As first reported by the Idaho State Journal, Hagood was surprisingly good-natured about a tree branch puncturing his lip in two very different places.
Hagood thought he could “bash through” some trees but instead ran into said trees.
“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,” he said. “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.”
That was when Hagood had his first aha-moment. He said, “Holy crap, I just got impaled. And then I yelled over to Pete, ‘Hey look I got a new piercing.’”
Apparently, the incident occurred so quickly that Hagood experienced zero pain from the impalement, which left an 18-inch long timber branch gouged through one side of his lip and sticking out the other.
Yeah so… here’s what that kind of thing looks like. It is very gross.
Ski patrol told him he was crazy, then braced his face and broke off a footlong piece of tree so they could take him to a doctor to get the rest of it removed. Hagood said the most painful part of the whole experience was getting numbing shots in his face so they could remove his new piercing.
This is NOT normal, and he mostly seems inconvenienced by the fact that he had to cut his day on the slopes a bit short. Ski people are crazy. I mean, listen to how he talks about the injury in the aftermath. It’s all very… unnerving.
“When I laugh, I have to hold the left side of my face down at this weird angle that makes me look like this crotchety old man,” he told the Journal said. “And I drool more than I used to.”
Amazingly, this isn’t the first time Hagood has gone viral. In late February, he broke up a fight between a snowboarder and a skier that got a bit of online attention. Here’s GoPro footage of that, because extreme sports.
If you need some solace here, Hagood is completely fine. Here’s another extremely placid photo of his now-healing face.
I have no idea how he’s this calm about everything. Is he a crisis negotiator? Is the the most chill fella on the planet? Either way, I’m glad he’s OK.
There’s a GoFundMe to help this shredding do-gooder pay for his hospital expenses for his extreme accident, if you’d like to help out.