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January 17th, 2005

USATODAY.com – Nail found embedded in construction worker’s skull

Lawler had what he thought was a minor toothache and blurry vision

LITTLETON, Colo. (AP) — A dentist found the source of the toothache Patrick Lawler was complaining about on the roof of his mouth: a four-inch nail the construction worker had unknowingly embedded in his skull six days earlier.

A nail gun backfired on Lawler, 23, on Jan. 6 while working in Breckenridge, a ski resort town in the central Colorado mountains. The tool sent a nail into a piece of wood nearby, but Lawler didn’t realize a second nail had shot through his mouth, said his sister, Lisa Metcalse.

Following the accident, Lawler had what he thought was a minor toothache and blurry vision. On Wednesday, after painkillers and ice didn’t ease the pain, he went to a dental office where his wife, Katerina, works.

“We all are friends, so I thought the (dentists) were joking … then the doctor came out and said ‘There’s really a nail,'” Katerina Lawler said. “Patrick just broke down. I mean, he had been eating ice cream to help the swelling.”

He was taken to a suburban Denver hospital, where he underwent a four-hour surgery. The nail had plunged 1 1/2 inches into his brain, barely missing his right eye, Metcalse said.

“This is the second one we’ve seen in this hospital where the person was injured by the nail gun and didn’t actually realize the nail had been imbedded in their skull,” neurosurgeon Sean Markey told KUSA-TV in Denver. “But it’s a pretty rare injury.”

Lawler was recovering Sunday in the hospital, where he was expected to spend several more days.

Despite his lack of medical insurance and hospital bills between $80,000 and $100,000, Katerina Lawler said her husband is in good spirits.

“The doctors said, ‘If you’re going to have a nail in the brain, that’s the way you want it to be,'” she said. “He’s the luckiest guy, ever.”

xray.art

June 30th, 2004

BBC: Man acquitted of harpoon attack: “A man accused of firing a harpoon into a teenager’s face has been cleared of all charges against him after a jury accepted he acted in self-defence.”

On the lighter side, we all got this cool xray!


I went to court and all I got was this stupid harpoon in my face

xray.art

May 5th, 2004



A construction worker has miraculously survived after six nails were embedded in his skull.

Isidro Mejia, 39, was rushed to hospital after his nailgun accidentally went off, shooting nails into his head.

Newspaper reports say doctors at Providence Holy Cross Hospital in Los Angeles had feared for his life when he arrived.

But Mr Mejia is now out of intensive care and doctors expect him to make a full recovery.

Extensive surgery

Surgeons removed the six nails over the course of five days.

“Four of the nails were embedded in his skull,” said hospital spokesman Brian Green.

“Another was in his spinal column. Surgeons worked round the clock to take the nails out one by one.

“It was a very delicate process and was not completed for five days.

“The neurosurgeon who operated on Isidro could not believe he was still alive.

“With injuries like that, he should have been dead. He has been taken out of intensive care and although still groggy and on medication is expected to make a full recovery.

“His wife and family are obviously delighted that he survived and are looking forward to getting home,” he said.

According to the reports, police have launched an investigation. However, they believe it was a bizarre accident.

“His colleagues said Isidro was using a nailgun that has both manual and fully automatic settings,” said deputy sheriff Dan McPherson.

“It appears he slipped and fired into his skull.”

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