Tamanna (swingandswirl) wrote in little_details,

Survival time with a punctured lung

I have a character who's in an abusive situation. He recieves several blows to the chest and stomach, one of which is severe enough to break a rib. The broken rib ends up up puncturing his lung.

Now my question is: how long can he go without first aid of any sort? Twenty minutes, an hour? He's in his early thirties and extremely fit, if that makes a difference.

Terms googled: punctured lung survival, punctured lung survival time, punctured lung first aid. Everything got me recovery times, but nothing approaching an answer to my question.

Thanks in advance!
Tags: ~medicine: injuries (misc)
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