WHATS INVOLVED IN A FRACTURED LARYNX AND COLLAPSED LUNG?
The larynx was fractured due to direct trauma from a frozen puck. The larynx, otherwise known as the voicebox, is located in the front of the throat behind the “Adam’s apple.” He also suffered from a collapsed lung, which may have been a result of significant internal bleeding from the fracture, the huge amount of swelling, or his struggle for air during which he sucked so hard that he could have caused the injury. When a lung collapses, a portion of it fills with fluid and, as a result, cannot fill with air. The injury was quite serious because the fracture led to a large amount of swelling and bleeding, and the air duct was obstructed.