01-22-2005, 07:26 PM #1
Man survives 4 inch nail in head for 6 days
And he didn't know it was there....how is that possible???
01-22-2005, 07:40 PM #2
makes my IE error then closes everything down when i click that link. weird!
01-22-2005, 07:43 PM #3
hmmm I took it straight from the web.....
01-22-2005, 07:44 PM #4
LITTLETON, Colo. - 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.
Lawler holds a four-inch nail on Jan. 14 as he recovers from the operation that removed it from his skull.
“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 1½ inches into his brain, barely missing his right eye, Metcalse said.
• Painful surprise
Jan. 17: A Colorado man is recovering from surgery to remove a nail that had been lodged in his skull for six days. KUSA's Jinah Kim reports.
“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.”
Last edited by Commando_Barbi; 01-22-2005 at 07:47 PM.
01-22-2005, 07:45 PM #5
01-22-2005, 07:45 PM #6
He's changing jobs now....go figure.
01-22-2005, 07:46 PM #7
From the article:
"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."
How in the heck do you not realize there is a nail in your head that entered forcibly through your mouth?!?
01-22-2005, 07:49 PM #8Originally Posted by UrbanLegend
01-22-2005, 07:49 PM #9
Thanks...I tried to get the pic and couldnt
01-22-2005, 08:17 PM #10Retired Vet
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01-22-2005, 08:25 PM #11Originally Posted by BOUNCER
01-22-2005, 08:56 PM #12
he has no insurance and his wife works at a dental office?? What kind of **** is that? I have never herd of a dental office not issuing insurance. Unless she is a part timer or just started??
01-22-2005, 09:37 PM #13
wow thats insane
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