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A Boston barber was seriously wounded by his own scissors in a freak accident

Steve Silva easily could have died, according to the owner of the barbershop.

An accident has left a Boston barber in the hospital after he reportedly fell on his scissors and accidentally stabbed himself while at work Friday.

Stephen Silva was in the middle of giving client Max Cohen a haircut at Boston Barber Company on Beacon Hill when he fell and the scissors he was holding stabbed him in the middle of the chest, according to WHDH.

“We weren’t sure how serious it was until we heard they had to crack his chest plate and perform open heart surgery on our guy,” according to a GoFundMe set up to benefit Silva. The fundraiser noted on Monday that Silva had been removed from a ventilator, but that medical staff was continuing to work to keep him stable.


“We read some of your sweet comments to Steve and it was the first time we saw a smile since this happened, that means so much to us!” Michel Mastropietro, who started the fundraiser, wrote in an update.

Robert Dello Russo, who owns the barbershop, told WHDH that if the wound had gone a little to the left or right, Silva would have died.

Cohen said Silva texted him afterward, thanking him.

“I asked him how he was doing,” Cohen told WHDH. “He said he was doing well … and then asked me if I got my haircut finished, because he wasn’t quite done yet.”

Silva is expected to be in the hospital for at least a couple of weeks. So far, the GoFundMe has raised over $8,300 with a stated goal of $15,000. The money is planned to go to Silva’s medical bills and lost wages from being out of work.

“He is our brother, our friend, favorite barber and loyal employee,” the fundraiser said. “He works hard and he is always there for those he loves.”

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