Saturday, May 4, 2013

Shot girlfriend mistaken for hog: One year later, hunter and 'hog' happy

Shot girlfriend mistaken for hog: One year later, hunter and 'hog' happy, One hunter’s desire to bring home the bacon almost got him in hot water. The hunter, who mistakenly shot his girlfriend, said he thought she was a hog. The story of the “hog,” aka the hunter’s girlfriend, has a happy conclusion.

Yahoo! News on May 4 reported the strange tale of Steve Egan, who one year later says he’s a lucky man, not just because his girlfriend made it through, but because she didn’t dump him!

It was one year ago that Egan was hunting in the woods of Flagler County in Florida. He spotted a wounded wild hog on its back about 30 yards away. Trailing the animal and thinking it was the same hog he shot minutes before, Egan raised his rifle and fired again.

It was a direct hit, but the hunter forgot the first rule of shooting — always know your target. In other words, don't shoot your girlfriend! Egan did just that, and girlfriend Lisa Simmons, the "hog," lay bleeding.

Simmons, a 51-year-old nurse who had worked with heart doctors for 18 years, saw blood pumping from the femoral artery in her leg and immediately fashioned a tourniquet and held it while Egan rushed back to get a cell phone and call 911.

By the time a medical helicopter arrived to save Simmons she was losing consciousness and spilling blood rapidly. In all, 14 pints of blood were pumped into her, and her doctors said she had to be revived twice on the operating table. Her surgeon said it was the worst non-combat injury he’d ever seen someone survive.

Egan wasn’t out of the woods yet, so to speak.

The story soon became a national punchline, with headlines that shouted “Shot Girlfriend Mistaken For Hog.” Jay Leno picked up on the story, quipping: “I don’t know what is worse for the girl: having your boyfriend shoot you in the legs or saying the reason he did it was that he mistook you for a hog. Pretty awful.”

The attention grew so bad that Egan and Simmons deleted their Facebook pages.

Egan said the story finally went away after a few days when a man high on bath salts ate off the face of a homeless man. Some strange story will always come along to trump the last one, Egan thought.

Despite the trauma they went through, Simmons said their relationship remains strong and she harbors no ill feelings toward him. Egan has helped Simmons through her year of rehabilitation, and she is taking classes to become a nursing instructor.

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