'It's a pretty rare injury'

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  1. mesh

    mesh Active Member

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    A dentist found the source of the toothache Patrick Lawler was complaining about on the roof of his mouth: a 10-centimetre nail the construction worker had unknowingly embedded in his skull six days earlier.

    A nail gun backfired on Lawler, 23, on January 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 realise 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 four centimetres 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 realise the nail had been embedded in their skull," neurosurgeon Sean Markey told KUSA-TV in Denver. "But it's a pretty rare injury."

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

    Despite his lack of medical insurance and hospital bills between $US80,000 ($104,561.5) and $US100,000 ($130,701.87), 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."

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    - from Sydney Morning Herald

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  2. V Matt

    V Matt Member

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    Ouch, that's gonna hurt more than the nail did!
     
  3. Mulla

    Mulla Digital Future

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    Exactly what I was thinking!
     
  4. Reapa

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    innit, i would have left the fucker in my head or taken it out myself o_O
     
  5. DJ Lordward

    DJ Lordward T.D.P.

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    yeah i saw this in the paper. u think he would have been able to feel it in his head wouldnt ya?! damn thats a heavy sum of money!
     
  6. rmt

    rmt sex for money plz?

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    unknowingly?!!!!!!!!! how is that actually possible?! o_O
     
  7. Dustek

    Dustek Finished the PhD

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    He's a navvy who cures toothaches with ice cream. He probably had a liquid 10 pint breakfast.
     
  8. rmt

    rmt sex for money plz?

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    i've had toothache for the last 6months because my dentist cannot afford the machine to fix my teeth. bastard.
     
  9. lokki

    lokki JUNGLIST FROM DEYA

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    fuck paying that! i'd disapear out tha country fast!