Vuvuzela causes hole in throat

2010-06-18 09:17

A Bafana Bafana supporter’s joyous blowing on a vuvuzela resulted

in her tearing a hole into her throat.


Yvonne Mayer of Bloubergstrand, Cape Town, could not eat or speak

for two days after blowing the vuvuzela caused her to rupture part of her

throat.


Mayer, an employee of Old Mutual Finance in Pinelands, and her

husband Ronald had walked through the streets of Cape Town to enjoy the

atmosphere before the opening game last Friday.


When she and a group of people held a vuvuzela-blowing competition,

her throat started burning. “I just thought I was getting sick,” she said.


Rupture


After the match, her throat started burning even more. It felt as

if a bubble had become stuck in her windpipe, she said. The next day her doctor

explained that the pressure in her windpipe had become too much, resulting in

part of her throat rupturing.


Dr Scott Barker of Netcare Blaauberg Hospital said the continuous

blowing after the initial tear had resulted in the wound getting bigger.


Air entered the tissue through the wound. Although Mayer was not

admitted to hospital, she had to be monitored to prevent infection.


Mayer said she suspected she had blown the instrument incorrectly.

“People said I should blow it like a trumpet. I pulled my lips tightly and blew

as hard as possible. The sound was a bit different, but I was rather impressed

with the result.”


She admits she is now a bit nervous about blowing the vuvuzela

again and thinks she will rather try to master the technique first.

 

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