Iron bar removed from construction worker’s head

Daylife/Reuters Pictures used by permission – Ricardo Moraes

A builder is recovering after an operation to remove a 1.8m-long iron bar from his head…The bar fell from the fifth floor of a building under construction, went through Eduardo Leite’s hard hat, pierced the back of his skull and exited between his eyes.

Amazingly the 24-year-old survived and when he arrived at hospital he was conscious and able to tell doctors what had happened.

Luiz Alexandre Essinger, chief of staff of Miguel Couto hospital, Rio de Janeiro, said doctors successfully withdrew the bar during a five-hour operation on Wednesday.

“He was taken to the operating room, his skull was opened, they examined the brain and the surgeon decided to pull the metal bar out from the front in the same direction it entered the brain,” Essinger said…

Ruy Monteiro, the hospital’s head of neurosurgery, told the Globo TV network Leite escaped losing one eye and becoming paralysed on the left side of his body by just a few centimetres.

He said the bar entered a “non-eloquent” area of the brain that doesn’t have a specific, major known function. Leite is expected to remain in hospital for at least two weeks.

Phew! Anytime I worked a job site requiring a hard hat I always made certain that critter stayed on my noggin every second on the job. But, this is just too scary. I don’t think the sturdiest mountaineering helmet generally available would have helped much with this accident. Eduardo Leite is a lucky dude to have survived.

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