A Boston barber reportedly stabbed himself with scissors during a “very freak accident” while snipping a customer’s hair.
Steve Silva, 29, was giving a man a trim Friday at Boston Barber Company in Beacon Hill when he lost his balance and fell onto his scissors, narrowly missing his heart, the shop’s owner told the Boston Globe.
“He turned and fell forward, and when he did, he fell with all his weight on his shears,” owner Robert Dello Russo said. “As he popped back up on his knees, he said, ‘Oh my God, I stabbed myself.”
A coworker scrambled to cut open Silva’s shirt and put pressure on the wound before the wounded stylist pulled the shears out of his chest, Dello Russo said.
“Thank God we’re close to Mass General,” the owner continued. “An inch to the left or right would have pierced his heart, and he would have died on the spot.”
Silva later had open heart surgery to close his wound and is expected to remain hospitalized for at least two weeks, the Globe reported.
“He was in intensive care for the last couple days,” Dello Russo said Tuesday. “They had to crack his chest open.”
Silva, of Wilmington, had recently returned to work at the shop after being laid off for a third time due to slow business caused by the coronavirus pandemic. A planned getaway with his girlfriend for Valentine’s Day and her birthday also had to be canceled due to the horrific accident, Dello Russo said.
An online fundraising campaign set up to offset Silva’s “very freak accident” had eclipsed $17,000 as of early Wednesday.
“He has a very long, excruciating road to recovery,” the website reads.
Video from inside the barber shop shows a masked Silva walking around a customer before falling to his knees. One coworker rushes to his aid as the client looks on to see what happened. Minutes later, a team of paramedics took a bloodied Silva out of the shop, video shows.
The customer, Max Cohen, said he first thought Silva was fine after the unexpected fall.
“And then I realize he’s holding scissors and there’s blood on the floor and he goes, ‘Oh God, I just stabbed myself!’” Cohen told WHDH.
Despite the near-fatal mishap, Silva got in touch with Cohen to make sure he was happy with his new cut.
“He texted me, he just said thanks for everything,” Cohen said. “I asked him how he was doing. He said he was doing well … and then asked me if I got my haircut finished because he wasn’t quite done yet.”