Published May 30, 2012
PHOENIX – A 4-year-old Arizona boy miraculously escaped without long-term damage after being impaled through the eye by a drum stick at school.
MyFoxPhoenix reports Alonzo Trinidad spent five hours in surgery as doctors removed the drum stick from his brain. The child was impaled when he tripped and fell at preschool.
"You didn't see the eye, all you saw was a stick lodged in the eye socket," the boy's mother Emily Trinidad told MyFoxPhoenix.
Miraculously, the boy escaped without any long-term damage to either his brain or his vision and is expected to make a full recovery.
"I collapsed that's when it hit me I had to go to a consultation room and collapse because it was a miracle," Trinidad told MyFox Phoenix.
The child's surgeons say the accident was one of the most bizarre they have ever seen.
"You never know when you're getting into an operation like this, what to expect, but expect the worst, hope for the best," the child's surgeon Ratan Bhardwaj told MyFoxPhoenix.
Asked what his first thought was following the surgery, Alonzo said, "I wanted to play."