A builder has miraculously survived after a malfunctioning machine he was working on shot seven metal bars straight through his neck. Long Chao was working on a special machine which straightens metal poles, in Luzhou, Sichuan Province, China. But the 40-year-old was left fighting for his life when the machine broke and shot seven of the poles straight out and through his neck. They became firmly lodged between a complex mix of arteries and muscle. He was rushed to hospital where it took doctors six hours of intense surgery to remove the bars. First they carefully cut the bars down, which were all longer than a 30cm ruler. Then they slowly removed them from around the damaged nerves and arteries. Doctor Wang Qing said Long was lucky to escape death. It is still unknown if he has been left paralysed by the incident.