Beer belly saves man's life

Attack leaves 18-inch wound, but doesn't reach internal organs

July 12, 2002 - A Birmingham, England, man who was attacked with a power saw says his beer belly probably saved his life. Shaun Reaney, who weighs 22 stone (about 308 pounds), is recovering in hospital after being slashed across the stomach.


Reaney suffered an 18-inch wound when he was attack by four men. His beer belly kept the blade of a circular saw from touching his internal organs.

"It's a good job I had that layer to protect me," he told a local newspaper. His wife, Theresa, added: "The doctors told me if he had been 10 stone lighter he would have died. When Shaun came round he reminded me that years of boozing had saved his life."

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