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Fishing Spear Brain Injury

16-year-old boy survived after being implanted in the head by a fishing spear.


The x-ray image showed that the spear had gone all the way through Lopez's head at an angle that just missed his eyes and dodged all the major blood vessels in his brain. The doctor said that it had propelled through the right hemisphere of the boy's brain, just less than 1 inch above the central brain that controls the senses, heart rate and breathing. A fire rescue tool is used to cut the spear so that proper x-ray could be taken. The rest of the spear is removed in 3 hour surgery. The boy doesn't remember the accident.


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