“He woke up and crumbled to the ground,” Water skier hospitalized after hitting fish

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PLYMOUTH, Minn. – Pat Schottler loves spending time on the water, but doctors say he is going to have to sit this summer out after a strange accident.

Schottler was water skiing on Medicine Lake when he hit something on the water. He assumed it was just a stick and went out for another ride.

A few days later, his leg hurt and was covered in bruises.

He didn’t think anything of it until his wife, Julie, demanded he go to the emergency room.

“Sunday morning, he woke up and crumbled to the ground when he tried to walk on his leg,” she said.

The doctor immediately ordered an x-ray of his leg.

“They thought he may have broken his fibula,” Julie Schottler told KARE. “Little did we know that the x-ray would show no broken bones but some sort of foreign object embedded in his leg.”

Schottler says that object was something he never expected.

“They successfully removed four pieces of fish fin from my leg. The longest one was almost three-fourths of an inch,” he said. “I wish this story had a manlier conclusion. I was hoping it would be a musky or pike, but turns out it is probably a bluegill,” he said.

Schottler says the surgeon told him the surgery was one of the most challenging procedures he had ever performed.

Now, he has a blood clot in his leg and isn’t allowed back on the water until next summer.

Fortunately, he is expected to be okay.

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