Surgery requirements: a household drill and one willing skull

Via Telephone, Doctor Gets Instructions on Brain Surgery Using a Household Drill

A doctor in rural Australia used a handyman’s power drill to bore a hole into the skull of a boy with a severe head injury, saving his life.

Nicholas Rossi fell off his bike on Friday in the small Victoria state city of Maryborough, hitting his head on the pavement, his father, Michael, said Wednesday. By the time Rossi got to the hospital, he was slipping in and out of consciousness.

The doctor on duty, Rob Carson, quickly recognized the boy was experiencing potentially fatal bleeding on the brain and knew he had only minutes to make a hole in the boy’s skull to relieve the pressure.

But the small hospital was not equipped with neurological drills _ so Carson sent for a household drill from the maintenance room ….

Carson called a neurosurgeon in the state capital of Melbourne for help, who talked Carson through the procedure _ which he had never before attempted _ by telling him where to aim the drill and how deep to go….

“It was pretty scary. You obviously worry, (are) you pushing hard enough or pushing too hard, but then when some blood came out after we’d gone through the skull, we realized we’d made the right decision,” Tynan told Australian Broadcasting Corp.

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I also liked this quote from a BBC video:
“This is a once in a career thing that happens to very few people.”

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