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Neil Patrick Harris Gets Surgery After Sea Urchin Injury

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By Emily Reily
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Well This One Bites


Actor Neil Patrick Harris, who once played a gifted kid doctor on "Doogie Howser, M.D.", recently got a taste of his own medicine after a sea urchin injury.

How Was This Possible?

The actor says he was rock climbing a couple months ago when he "hand planted" on a sea urchin.

But wait, aren't sea urchins native to water? But he was rock climbing. The logistics are rather baffling.

Tight Squeeze


Either way, Harris explained what he was doing and what happened. It's not something he made up, because he also included an ultrasound that apparently shows a sea urchin spine lodged in a tendon in his arm. Let us know if you see it.

"Had surgery today. I tripped and hand planted onto a sea urchin almost two months ago while climbing rocky cliffs in Croatia. Most of the tiny spines I dug out myself, but two refused to leave and one got infected. Turns out it pierced through a tendon (see ultrasound video)."

He Only Played One On TV


Harris took us through the recovery process, step by step, like any good doctor would.

"Well, thanks to the surgical talents of Dr. Dan Polatsch and his team, I’m officially urchin free and on the mend. Only drawback - having to wear this massive hand elevating contraption for the foreseeable future (see third pic). All in all, though, I have to say: uni is still delicious."

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