Wall of Pain: One ER's Extraction Collection

Photos by Jerry Cunningham


Experiencing the great outdoors occasionally comes with a dose of pain. Nothing symbolizes that better than this display at Baxter County Regional Medical Center in Mountain Home, Ark.

The ER’s geographical location — between Bull Shoals and Norfork lakes and near world-class trout fishing tailwaters below those two dams — provides plenty of opportunity for close encounters of the barbed kind.

The doctors aren’t exactly sure when they began accumulating these extractions, just that over the years it’s grown. (Maybe that should read: "groan.")   


It's obvious from this portion that Rapala lures are popular in the Ozarks, but everything from spinnerbaits to grubs to a Hula Popper and a Zara Spook have ended up stuck in some unlucky angler.


In the lower right is the chain from a chainsaw, ouch! But this section might hold the most fishing lures per square inch, with spoons and Rooster Tails illustrating the dangers of the trout tailwaters.


Another example of variety, from old to new, that adorns the wall.


Even when you successfully catch a fish, more danger lurks at the dinner table. Someone in the ER couldn't resist a bit of humor in describing the "catch of the day."