Nail Brain Survives
January 23, 2012 by staff
Nail Brain Survives, An American man miraculously survived after shooting a 3 ¼ inch nail into his own head and even posted a picture of the x-ray on Facebook.
32-year old Dante Autullo from Illinois didn’t even know he had shot himself in the brain with a nail gun when building a shed out of the back of his house last week.
He had been holding the gun above his head and thought that a nail had merely grazed his head while passing through the air, causing a wound that was subsequently cleaned up by his partner Gail Glaenzer.
Feeling a bit woozy the next day, Glaenzer brought Dante to the hospital where doctors took an x-ray of his brain and found that the 3 ¼ nail had become lodged inside and was only millimetres away from the part of the brain that controls motor function.
An ambulance was instantly summoned to transfer Autullo to a hospital specialising in brain injuries and while he was in the back, he even found time to post a picture of the x-ray on Facebook.
Autullo underwent surgery during which the nail was removed and apart from having part of his skull replaced with titanium mesh, the incredibly lucky Autullo was as right as rain once again.
Commenting on his bizarre ordeal, Autullo said: “It really felt like I got punched on the side of the head. I thought it went past my ear.
“When they brought in the picture (x-ray), I said to the doctor ‘Is this a joke? Did you get that out of the doctors joke file?’ The doctor said ‘No man, that’s in your head.’”
According to neurosurgeons that carried out the surgery on Autullo, his skull stopped the nail from becoming further embedded in his brain and prevented almost certain death.
“He was joking with me (after surgery), ‘We need to get the Discovery Channel up here to tape this,’” Glaenzer said of her partner, who also added: “I’m one of those medical miracles.”
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