Wednesday, August 31, 2011

TV Serial: Crocodile Hunter: A Tribute to a Real Life Hero

Steve Irwin “Crocodile Hunter” got fatally injured by the infusion of a stingray’s serrated bard into his chest. He lost his consciousness while pulling out the stingray’s serrated barb and died. His fans mourned worldwide and are still not out of the shock of this sudden accident that caused this Naturalist’s death. Basically the cause of the death identified is that “it was not the going in that caused much damage, it was the coming out of that deep serration kind of pull on the flesh that caused a steep and large tearing causing a serious injury that caused damage”. This was the conclusion drawn by Dr, Bryan Fry, deputy director of the Australian Venom Research Unit.
        It is being assumed that the spine was still attached to the sting ray, leaving Steve Irwin no choice but to pull it out. Although it turned out to be the poor judgment filming this adventurous documentary without a support crew who could kill the sting ray in time, and there was no nearby medical staff to remove the spine.
Obviously it is a pity that Irwin has died.  He entertained a lot of people and will be much missed.
    I rarely got a chance to watch Steve Irwin’s programs but my friends staying in UK told me that they remember seeing Steve Irwin on TV several years ago when his programs first reached the UK. Their families (including members of all ages) became great fan of Steve, got hooked to his programs, and they were amazed, entertained, and a bit horrified when they watched his daring acts. The shows gradually gained viewers in part because of the physical danger that Irwin exposed himself to, though after a while it was found too stressful to watch and of course the novelty wore off. His death as a result of the quantum of risk he used to take is no real surprise. The surprise is that he has survived so long even after doing so adventures so boldly and solely.
His style of program seems to have provided a career for another nature presenter, Nigel Marven, At least this is a better risk reward choice and no less entertaining.
    Scientifically it is found that the damage to surrounding flesh when ripped out is much greater than damage to surrounding flesh going in.  It seemed kind of weird that he wouldn't know this but may be since it had to happen, it happened.  What would have been the consequences of leaving it in?
Removal might well have been moot, since a potent toxin was injected directly into the heart muscle in addition to the mechanical damage.
    Further, in life-threatening situations involving critical injuries, the victim rarely thinks rationally enough to contemplate risk/benefits, especially when underwater and attached to a large, terrified/pissed-off fish.
Few lines at the end:
Girte Hain Shai Sawar Hi Maidane Jung Mein
Vo Tifn Kya Girenge Jo Ghutnaun Ke Bal Chale…
But Heroes like Steve will not be forgotten for long time to come…
Salute to a Real Life Hero…

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