Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Miracle as worker is shot in the head with a nail gun... and lives

A construction worker is counting his lucky stars after miraculously surviving a four-inch barbed nail accidentally being driven into his brain.
The unnamed Texas man was handed a nail gun at his work place last Friday when it off, firing a nail into his skull.
It could have left him paralysed or dead, but the man is now making a full recovery after undergoing emergency surgery to remove the nail from his dominant lobe.
Miracle survival of Texas man shot in head by nail gun
The four-inch nail after it was removed from the Texas man's skull
Close to death: An X-ray (left) shows just how far into the skull the nail went, while on the right is the barbed piece of metal once it had been safely removed
Medical City Plano’s Dr Rob Dickerman, the neurosurgeon who carried out the procedure, told Fox News that he had absolutely no room for error.
 
He said: ‘You make a wrong move or a millimetre away here or there, it can be a disastrous outcome.’
Luckily, the delicate operation was a success.
Dangerous: Nail guns need to be treated with caution
Dangerous: Nail guns need to be treated with caution
In an interview with the news channel, Dr Dickerman added: ‘He awoke and did fine. Scans looked good. There really wasn’t a drop of blood on the post-op scan. He did very well. An interesting case with a great outcome and those are always the best.’
He explained that the man’s skull had acted in the same way as a piece of wood, and stopped the nail dead.
Sadly, accidents of this type are far from uncommon, with around 37,000 people needing hospital treatment for nail gun accidents every year, according to the U.S Centers for Disease Control.
The U.S Consumer Product Safety Commission puts the annual cost for treating nail gun wounds at around $338million (£205million) a year, when rehabilitation and compensation pay-outs are factored in.
 
 

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