Outrageous injuries

The next time you complain about a paper cut or headache, consider these injuries

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    A 30-year-old woman swallowed a butter knife while attempting to prove to her friends that she had no gag reflex, according to an article in the New England Journal of Medicine. The knife lodged in the former bulimic's esophagus and proximal stomach. According to the journal, her husband said this is not the first time she has attempted this trick. Four years prior, she swallowed a knife and it was surgically removed. Doctors used a camera to remove the knife, and she was able to resume eating shortly thereafter.
    New England Journal of Medicine
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    Yasser Lopez, 16, was spear fishing with a friend when a gun accidentally deployed and shot an 18-inch spear through his skull.  Miraculously, the spear avoided all major blood vessels, and Lopez is expected to make almost a full recovery
    Jackson Memorial Hospital
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    A 76-year-old woman went to the hospital complaining of weight loss and diarrhea, only to find she had a felt-tipped pen lodged in her stomach, according to the British Medical Journal. The woman told doctors she had accidentally swallowed a pen 25 years ago when she slipped while “interrogating a spot on her tonsil.” When doctors – and the woman’s husband didn’t believe her  - an X-ray proved she was right. To the surprise of doctors, the pen was still in working order. A doctor wrote “hello” with it and then took a photo.
    British Medical Journal
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    In this image provided by the University Medical Center in Tucson, a CT scan shows a pair of pruning shears embedded in the head of an 86-year-old Green Valley, Ariz., man before it was removed by Medical Center surgeons in Tucson on July 30, 2011. Leroy Luetscher was accidentally impaled through his eye socket after falling on the shears while working in his yard, the handle penetrating his eye socket and reaching down into his neck. He is expected to make a full recovery. Click here to read more on this story.
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    Andrew Linn was in Las Vegas when he fell asleep driving his car last year. He crashed into a chain-link fence and had a pole impale through his head. He was recently reunited with the doctor who saved his life.  Dr. Andrew Coates, an associate professor of surgery at University Medical Center, said he was surprised to see Linn was conscious after the accident – and trying to use his cell phone.  Linn walked away from the accident with scars, missing teeth and a destroyed palate. 
    Fox 5 News - Las Vegas
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    Leg Fracture

    This X-ray shows a compound fracture of the tibia – the same kind of fracture Trevor Roberts likely suffered during his high school football game on September 24 – although, this is not an actual X-ray of the teen’s leg. After surgery to insert a titanium rod Trevor’s left leg, gangrene set in and doctors had to remove the limb from above the knee.
    Courtesy: Dr. Frank Alberta, HUMC
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    Impaled in the Skull

    There's a reason why family and hospital staff are calling little Jessiah Jackson a "miracle boy." The 17-month-old, who was impaled in the skull by a metal rod, has been released from the hospital less than two weeks after the object was lodged 2 inches into his brain. Jessiah was playing outside his family’s home in Leland, N.C., on July 17 when he fell off a chair and onto an L-shaped rod attached to a pressure washer. He was rushed to the hospital where neurosurgeons at UNC Children’s Hospital spent two hours removing the piece of metal that had embedded into the toddler’s brain at an angle.  So far, examinations by ophthalmologists have been unable to find any evidence of damage to Jessiah's eyesight. And that’s just part of the good news: Doctors said they expect Jessiah to make a full recovery with no long-term damage.
    UNC Hospitals
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    Live Ammo in Head

    A U.S. military doctor removed a live round of ammunition from the head of an Afghan soldier in an unusual and harrowing surgery. Doctors say a 14.5 millimeter unexploded round — more than 2 inches long — was removed from the scalp of an Afghan National Army soldier at the Bagram Air Field hospital last month.    
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    Docs Remove Live Ammo

    When the Afghan soldier, in his 20s, arrived at the base, doctors thought it was shrapnel or the spent end of some sort of round, said Lt. Col. Anthony Terreri, a radiologist deployed from Wilford Hall Medical Center at Lackland Air Force Base in Texas. But as he reviewed a CAT scan of the soldier, he realized it was a much bigger problem. He immediately went to inform neurosurgeon Maj. John Bini, also of Lackland. Bini had the operating room evacuated; the surrounding hallways were secured, and he and anesthesiologist, Maj. Jeffrey Rengel, put on body armor for the surgery. Bini and Rengel were joined in the operating room by a member of a bomb disposal team. And after Bini removed the round from the patient's head, the bomb technicians took it away. The patient, who officials did not identify by name, is continuing to improve, the Air Force statement said.
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    Knife in Teen's Head

    Xiao Wei, 16, who was attacked in a dispute over the video game he was playing, was able to walk into the emergency room entrance of Jillin University with the 10-inch knife still lodged in his head.  An operation to remove the blade took more than two hours. X-rays and CAT scans revealed that no main arteries or nerves were damaged.
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    Phone in Stomach

    Sept. 7, 2006: An undated X-Ray shows a cell phone in a Salvadoran prisoner's lower intestine.
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    Nail in Head

    June 10, 2008: An x-ray showing a nail lodged in the head of George Chandler of Shawnee, Kan. Chandler and a friend were working on a project when a nail gun hose became tangled, causing the powerful tool to fire one nail. Chandler said he told his friend he didn't know where the nail went, but he felt a sting on the top of his head.
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    Knife in Head

    Sept. 30, 2008: An X-ray of a teen with a knife lodged in his head is seen in this undated handout photo released by the Metropolitan Police in London.
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    Knife in Head 1

    Sept. 30, 2008: Police released shocking X-ray images of a 16-year-old with a knife lodged in his head after a stabbing in London to serve as a warning about the dangers of knife crime.
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    Bullet in Nose 1

    Oct. 30, 2008: Daniel Greenwood, 19, of Manchester, England, shown in this undated photo, survived being shot in the head at close range as he struggled with robber who had pulled a gun on him.
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    Bullet in Nose 2

    Oct. 30, 2008: Dr. Sarah Jarvis told Sky News that Daniel Greenwood had a lucky escape. "The nose is mainly made up of cartilage, but at the top you have got bone," she said. "If you point a gun straight up a nostril, a bullet would have to travel through a lot of bone in order to get into the skull. Bone is hard and very strong, so in this case it sounds like it slowed the bullet down enough not to have been fatal."
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    Bottle X-Ray

    Nov. 21, 2007: An X-ray of a glass bottle lodged in a man's lower abdomen is seen at the Nishtar hospital in Multan, Pakistan.
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    Bottle X-Ray 2

    Nov. 21, 2007: Dr. Abdul Manan points to an x-ray of a glass bottle lodged in a 60-year-old man's lower abdomen.
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    Bullet in Head

    After a wild New Years Eve with too much alcohol, a Polish man living in Germany went about his business for about five years without noticing he had been shot in the head. Police in the western city of Bochum said doctors found a .22 caliber bullet in the back of his head after the 35-year-old went to have what he thought was a cyst removed.
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    Karla Flores, 32, survived having a grenade lodged in her face.
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    Karla Flores was operated on in an open field after a live grenade was lodged in her face.
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    A pencil went through Olivia Smith's eye cavity and lodged itself in her brain, the New Hampshire Union Leader reported. The pencil pierced through both of Olivia’s brain hemispheres, and she had to be flown to Boston Children’s Hospital via helicopter. More than 50 doctors worked on her case, and they all agreed the trajectory of the pencil ‘narrowly’ missed the parts of her brain that could have led to death or permanent damage. Click here to read more on this story.
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