Boston Barber Stabs Himself With Scissors During Shocking Accident
By Jason Hall
February 16, 2021
A Boston barber is recovering after accidentally stabbing himself in the chest with his own pair of scissors during a freak accident.
Steve Silva, 29, tripped and fell on top of the scissors while cutting hair at Boston Barber & Tattoo Co.'s on Bowdoin Street last Friday (February 12), CBS Boston reports.
Max Cohen told CBS Boston Silva was cutting his hair when the accident occurred.
“He was walking around the back of the chair and all of a sudden he’s on the floor. I look down and I see blood. He says ‘oh my God, I stabbed myself’ and pulls a set of scissors out of his chest,” Cohen said.
The accident was captured on surveillance video, which showed Cohen and Silva's colleagues rush to the barber's aid.
Cohen, a Boston University freshman, was seen on the video running out of the frame to get "something to help compress the wound" and told CBS Boston he talked to Silva until first responders arrived at the scene.
"I figured as long as he stayed calm it would probably be [the] best situation,” said Cohen, who credited his response to some emergency training he took during high school.
Boston Barber & Tattoo Co. owner Robert Dello Russo confirmed Silva was transported to Massachusetts General, where he continues to recover after undergoing emergency open-heart surgery.
Dello Russo said the blunt force of the scissors pierced through one of Silva's arteries during the accident, adding he was "really proud" of how colleagues "handled the situation" via CBS Boston.
The owner also referred to Silva as one of his best employees and said he is one of the few on payroll, having recently returned from closures caused by COVID-19 restrictions.
“A lot of my staff, I had to lay them off. They were collecting. I tried to bring them back, trying to muster up some business, trying to keep them going. This was Steve’s first week back at work, and now this. So he’s in a jam,” Dello Russo said via CBS Boston.
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