Man impaled through jaw on pool fence in Mesa

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By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman
By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman

MESA, Ariz. -- A man in his 20s is recovering after he was impaled through the jaw by a spiked pool fence on Sunday afternoon at an apartment complex near Alma School Road and University Drive.

"It happened because he tried to climb over and he fell and he impaled himself right here," said Catherine Metz, a former nurse. Metz was one of the first people to see the man. She said he was standing on his tip-toes with the fence spike through his lower jaw. The spike missed any vital organs.

Metz stayed with the man until emergency crews arrived.

"I held his head for like 10 minutes and then somebody came from behind and we switched hand over hand and I went back in," she said.

A picture from the scene shows emergency crews as they struggled to rescue the man.

Firefighters had to cut the fencing from the wall. After about 20 minutes, the man was rushed to Scottsdale Healthcare Osborn Medical Center. He is expected to survive.

"He was sweating profusely and he lost his knees at one time and I said, 'Keep your eyes open and look at us,'" Metz said.

There is still blood visible on the fence and wall.

The man has not been identified and it's not clear why he was trying to climb over the fence.