Courtesy of (OK, stolen from) Boing Boing, The Guardian, and The Huffington Post.

Let’s get right to the heart of the problem. We’ve all made mistakes at work. Had little “oops” moments. Dropped the ball. Well, you may have had a bad day or week at your job, but at least you’re not these guys:

Per The Guardian:

It was a heart-stopping moment – or nearly so: rushing from a helicopter, two Mexican medics dropped a human heart being ferried to hospital for a transplant. And to compound their embarrassment, press photographers were there to capture the mishap.

Thankfully, the transplant was carried out successfully, although that has not stopped the medics being widely ridiculed online.

The heart was being transported by a police helicopter to a hospital in Mexico City on Wednesday, in what police described as “a rapid, precision manoeuvre” after being flown in from León, in the state of Guanajuato.

In their haste to leave the helicopter, one of the medics tripped, dropping the cooler containing the heart. A bag containing the organ rolled out on to the concrete, along with ice and a bag of saline.

Recovering their composure, the medics picked up the bag containing the heart, replaced it in the cooler and rushed onwards to the La Raza hospital.

After almost four hours of surgery, hospital officials reported that the operation had been successful and “without incident”. But doctors will have to wait 72 hours to see if the recipient, a 20-year-old woman, has accepted the new organ, which was donated by a 24-year-old man who died on Tuesday after a car crash.

A spokesman from Mexico’s health secretariat said of the incident: “Fortunately, the heart was protected and not damaged.” He explained that the heart was protected in a waterproof steel container, which meant it was never exposed to the outside environment.

Here’s some video:

¡Ay, caramba!

Sure, it’s easy to be a Monday morning quarterback. In hindsight maybe these guys could have done a few things differently. You know…walk briskly instead of run, pick up the damn ice chest instead of rolling it, there were two of you. Check how tight that lid is. I don’t know how litigious people are in Mexico, but if this had happened here there would be a massive lawsuit against the Igloo Corporation.

It’s only funny because it all worked out and the operation was a success. OK, let’s be honest, it would still be freaking hilarious. But I would feel bad about it. A little.


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