Woman suffers serious burns after fart ignites laser during eye surgery

Laser eye surgery (stock image)
Laser eye surgery (stock image)

A woman's fart has caused a fire at a hospital in Tokyo.

The unnamed woman, believed to be in her 30s, was undergoing laser surgery on her cervix at Tokyo's Medical University Hospital in the Japanese city when the gas she expelled ignited the laser.

The resulting fire left the woman with serious burns to large parts of her body, including her waist and legs.

The incident took place in April, however, details have only just emerged following an investigation into the cause of the fire.

A statement released by a committee of experts read: "When the patient's intestinal gas leaked into the space of the operation (room), it ignited with the irradiation of the laser, and the burning spread eventually reached the surgical drape and caused the fire."