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  • Man's Heart Rotates After Accident

    A patient's heart was moved severely to the right due to trauma from a motorcycle accident.
    Courtesy New England Journal of Medicine
  • Tree Trimmer Gets Saw Stuck in Neck

    James Valentine had emergency surgery Monday to remove a chainsaw from his neck after a tree-trimming accident. The saw cut into the 21-year-old's muscles but missed all of his major arteries.
    Allegheny General Hospital
  • Fork Lodged in Esophagus

    Radu Calincescu, 25, claims to have swallowed the fork to prove to a friend it wouldn’t hurt. Doctors reportedly told Calincescu to pass the fork naturally, but said he might need surgery if the utensil gets stuck.
    Newscom
  • Woman's Dental Implant Stuck in Sinuses

    A 57-year-old woman had a dental implant pulled from her sinuses two years after it was installed in her jaw. The rogue implant, dislodged from the jaw, was the cause of the woman's chronic sinusitis.
    The New England Journal of Medicine ©2013.
  • Man Gets Nail Stuck In Heart

    Eugene Rakow, 58, of St. Bonifacius, Minn., accidentally shot a 3.5-inch nail into his chest that came within 2 millimeters from his coronary artery. Surgeons removed the nail and sewed two stitches to close the wound in Rakow's heart.
    Abbott Northwestern Hospital
  • Goose Dinner Leads to Shotgun Gut

    An 8-year-old Australian boy's appendix was filled with lead pellets after he ate goose that had been killed with a shotgun. Doctors removed the 57 pellets, along with the boy's appendix.
    The New England Journal of Medicine
  • Unusual X-Rays

    A Brazilian woman is recovering from surgery to remove a harpoon that entered her mouth and hit her spine. Investigators say Elisangela Borborema Rosa's husband was cleaning a spear gun when it accidentally went off.
    Rio de Janeiro State Health Department/AP Photo
  • Dog Swallows 111 Pennies

    Jack Kelleher, a 13-year-old Jack Russell terrier, was rushed to a <a href="http://bluepearlvet.com/doctors-recover-1-11-in-pennies-after-robbery/"target="external">Manhattan veterinary clinic</a> after swallowing $1.11 in pennies. It took two hours for vets to remove the coins four or five at a time with an endoscope.
    bluepearlvet.com
  • Teen's C-Shaped Spine

    The man from Poland was doing some DIY in the garden when he slipped and fell face first onto his Phillips screwdriver. He fell with such force the tool was wedged 5cm into his forehead, narrowly missing his brain. Detecting a strange object near his eye, the man - who has chosen not to reveal his identity - took a look in his car mirror when he noticed the screwdriver lodged in his head.
    Caters News Agency
  • Man Gets Metal Rod in Chest

    British teen Emily Crosby had surgery to straighten out her curved spine after developing a severe case of scoliosis. The 11-hour operation left Emily with titanium rods screwed into the bones of her back. Eight months later, the 13-year-old is back to dancing and playing sports.
    Courtesy Glen Crosby
  • Toddler Swallows 42 Magnets

    A 25-year-old British man had surgery to implant a foot-long metal rod in his chest to prevent his ribs from collapsing in on his heart and lungs. The man suffered from pectus excavatum, or a hollowed chest.
    Dan James/Caters News
  • X-Ray of Broken Heart Syndrome

    Russian doctors performed emergency surgery to remove 42 magnets from a 16-month-old boy's digestive system. The toddler, whose name wasn't given, reportedly swallowed the magnets when his parents weren't looking.
    Newscom
  • A Broken Heart Can Kill You

    Broken Heart Syndrome is also known as Takotsubo Cardiomyopathy because the heart resembles a takotsubo -- a Japanese octopus trap. The rare condition can be deadly but most people make a full recovery.
    U.S. National Library of Medicine
  • Woman Impaled By Tree

    Michelle Childers was impaled during a drive through the woods in Kamiah, Id. She was changing the music and laughing with her husband when a tree likely broke off on the car window frame and went into her neck.
    St. Patrick Hospital, Missoula, Mont.
  • Unusual X-Rays

    Baby Dominic Gundrum, 6 months, was born with a Tessier midline facial cleft and an encephalocele. Surgeons at Boston Children's Hospital corrected both facial deformities in December.
    Dr. John Meara, plastic surgery chief at Boston Children's Hospital.
  • Unusual X-Rays

    Evelyn Matamoros, 36, was shot in the face during an armed robbery in Miami. The bullet, which lodged in her neck, flipped one of her teeth upside down.
    Jackson Memorial Hospital
  • Kitten Swallows TV Antenna

    Alphie, a tabby kitten from Sheffield, England, underwent emergency surgery to remove a 6-inch TV antenna from his esophagus and stomach, according to <a href="http://www.guardian.co.uk/lifeandstyle/2013/jan/10/kitten-swallows-15cm-tv-aerial"target="external">The Guardian</a>.
    Courtesy PDSA
  • Man Survives Nail in Heart

    Doctors at El Cruce Néstor Kirchner Hospital in Buenos Aires, Argentina, successfully removed a 3-inch nail from the heart of a 19-year-old factory worker after a nail gun accident. The nail pierced the man's sternum and the right ventricle of his heart.
    Argentinian Ministry of Health
  • Man Unaware of 5-Inch Blade in Arm

    Taitex Phlamachha of Kent, U.K., had no idea a 5-inch knife blade was lodged in his arm following an attack. "There was lots of blood and I was in pain but it was only when I got to hospital the blade was discovered inside me," he told the Kent Messenger. The 38-year-old black belt in karate and taekwondo overcame his attacker, who was later charged with attempted robbery and assault.
    SWNS.com
  • Baby Swallows Expanding Ball

    An X-ray of an 8-month-old baby girl shows swollen loops of small intestine after she swallowed a water-absorbing ball.
    Pediatrics
  • Pencil Lodged in Skull

    Olivia Smith, 20 months old, was playing with colored pencils when she fell down. One pencil penetrated more than 5 inches into her skull. Doctors were able to remove it safely. (Credit: Boston Children's Hospital)
    Children's Hospital
  • 6-Foot Bar Pulled From Man's Brain

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  • 6-Foot Bar Pulled From Man's Brain

    Doctors at Miguel Couto Hospital in Rio de Janeiro removed a 6-foot bar from Eduardo Leite's brain after a construction site accident. Leite has suffered no harm from either the injury, or the five-hour surgery, his doctors said.
    Miguel Couto Hospital/AP Photo
  • Woman Swallows Butter Knife

    A 30-year-old woman with a history of bulimia survived a trip to the ER after she swallowed a butter knife. According to a report by doctors at Emory University School of Medicine, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, the woman had been demonstrating to her friends that she lacked a gag reflex when she "unexpectedly laughed" and the knife accidentally slipped down her throat.
    The New England Journal of Medicine 2012
  • Knife Plunged into Correctional Officer's Neck

    An inmate allegedly plunged a knife so deep into Massachusetts corrections officer Nate Beauvais' neck that it almost pierced through the other side. Luckily, the knife missed his spinal cord by half a centimeter, and he is now recovering at home.
    ABC News
  • Pencil Removed from Tot's Brain

    A wire bristle from a grill cleaning brush poked through a patient's stomach and lodged in the wall of the abdomen.
    Courtesy of Dr. David Grand
  • Toddler Gets Pencil in Eye

    British doctors successfully removed a pencil from 2-year-old Wren Bowell's brain. The toddler fell while carrying the pencil, which pierced her eye socket and lodged one-and-a-half inches in her brain. Remarkably, she has no signs of damage to her brain or her eye.
    Caters News
  • 33-Pound Tumor Removed From Toddler

    Mexican doctors successfully removed a 33-pound tumor from the body of a 2-year-old boy. Without the tumor, the boy weighed 26 pounds.
    ABC NEWS
  • Baby's Oral Tumor Removed in Womb

    Leyna Gonzalez, now 20 months old, had surgery to remove a tumor from her mouth while she was still in the womb. The tumor looked like a bubble (center of picture) on an ultrasound taken halfway through her mother's pregnancy. <a href="http://abcnews.go.com/Health/Wellness/miami-babys-peach-size-tumor-removed-womb/story?id=16627485">Read more about the ground-breaking surgery</a>.
    Courtesy Jackson Memorial Hospital
  • X-Ray: 7-Year-Old Hit by Arrow

    Sixteen-year-old Nasser Lopez is recovering at Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami after doctors removed a spear that pierced his skull and brain. The injury was the result of a June 8 spear gun mishap at the teen's home. <a href="http://gma.yahoo.com/blogs/abc-blogs/brain-speared-florida-teen-making-miraculous-recovery-133543354--abc-news-topstories.html">Read more</a> about Lopez's recovery.
    Jackson Memorial Hospital
  • X-Rays: Little Girl Swallows 37 Magnets

    Police in Campbellsport, Wisc., are searching for the person <a href="http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/headlines/2012/05/wisconsin-girl-7-shot-in-the-back-with-an-arrow/">who fired an arrow</a> that hit a 7-year-old girl in the back. <a href="http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/headlines/2012/05/wisconsin-girl-7-shot-in-the-back-with-an-arrow/">READ MORE HERE</a>.
    Obtained by ABC News
  • 3-Year-Old Swallows 37 Magnets

    Three-year-old Payton Bushnell of Oregon underwent surgery over the weekend after she swallowed a total of 37 high-powered rare earth Buckyball magnets, commonly sold together as a desktop toy. Doctors said that the girl likely would have died had it not been for the operation, as some of the magnets had already torn several holes in her intestines and stomach.
    ABC News
  • X-Rays: Dog Swallows Cheese Knife

    All Bean wanted was a piece of Brie. What the Bull Mastiff got was a cheese knife lodged in her stomach after she swallowed it along with the cheese. Fortunately the Boston-dwelling doggie swallowed the sharp, serrated knife handle-first, avoiding any laceration to her esophagus and stomach. Veterinarians performed emergency operation to remove it.
    Angell Animal Medical Center
  • Cat Gets Knee Replacement

    Cyrano, a 20-pound tabby from Virginia, recently underwent a five-hour operation at NC State to replace his knee with an artificial joint, pictured here. Two years ago, Cyrano's owner spent thousands of dollars for the cat's life-saving treatments.
    Dr. Denis Marcellin-Little of NCSU's College of Veterinary Medicine
  • Man Has Nail in Brain for 36 Hours

    A nail gun mishap propelled a 3.5-inch nail into the brain of Dante Autullo of Orland Park, Ill., on Tuesday morning, according to a report in the Chicago Southtown Star. Autullo did not know that the nail was lodged in his skull until he went to the hospital complaining of nausea more than 24 hours later. Doctors found the nail and removed it surgically.
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  • Unusual Objects Inserted, Ingested

    This CT scan, published in BMJ, clearly shows a pen in the stomach of a 76-year-old woman. According to the case report, the unidentified woman accidentally swallowed the pen while using it to probe an area of her tonsils. Amazingly, the pen could still be used to write, even after a 25-year-long bath in the woman's stomach acid.
    BMJ.com
  • X-rays from the book, "Stuck Up."

    An X-ray from the book, "Stuck Up! 100 Objects Inserted and Ingested in Places They Shouldn't Be," showing a pair of glasses.
    Jennifer Hale
  • X-rays from the book, "Stuck Up."

    An X-ray from the book, "Stuck Up! 100 Objects Inserted and Ingested in Places They Shouldn't Be," showing a "Buzz Lightyear" action figure.
    Jennifer Hale
  • X-rays from the book, "Stuck Up."

    An X-ray from the book, "Stuck Up! 100 Objects Inserted and Ingested in Places They Shouldn't Be," showing a string of Christmas lights.
    Jennifer Hale
  • X-rays from the book, "Stuck Up."

    An X-ray from the book, "Stuck Up! 100 Objects Inserted and Ingested in Places They Shouldn't Be," showing an iPod.
    Jennifer Hale
  • X-rays from the book, "Stuck Up."

    An X-ray from the book, "Stuck Up! 100 Objects Inserted and Ingested in Places They Shouldn't Be," showing a cassette tape.
    Jennifer Hale
  • X-rays from the book, "Stuck Up."

    An X-ray from the book, "Stuck Up! 100 Objects Inserted and Ingested in Places They Shouldn't Be," showing scissors.
    Jennifer Hale
  • Grenade Lodged in Woman's Head

    Keegan Tinsdale, 4, was practicing writing with his family in Arizona when, according to CNN reports, he fell off his chair and his pencil penetrated about three inches into his eye socket. Fortunately doctors were able to save his life, and though he suffered some eyesight loss he is none the worse for wear.
    Courtesy Cardon Children's Medical Center
  • Cat Takes 30 Gunshot Wounds, Lives

    Joshua Stewart, 17, suffered from severe scoliosis that left him hunchbacked and in pain. After orthopedic surgery to implant two metal rods onto his spine in order to hold it straight, Joshua's back is good as new. He will be biking part of the Tour de France this year, just months after his surgery.
    Courtesy Spire Southampton Hospital in the UK
  • X-Rays: Man Survives Pole Through Head

    Las Vegas native Andrew Linn, 28, told reporters he is thankful to have survived a car accident in which a 2-inch thick metal fence pole penetrated his mouth and exited through the back of his neck. According to a report in the Las Vegas Review-Journal, Linn was conscious and trying hard to talk when he was brought into the hospital, but the pole in his mouth prevented him. Linn is still recovering from his injuries, but doctors said he would have died had the pole not missed key blood vessels and his spine.
    Courtesy University Medical Center
  • X-Rays: Sophie-basset who ate 31 nails and more

    Ten days after eating 31 rusty roofing nails, her rabies tag, and siding from the house, Sophie, a basset hound from Colorado Springs, Colo., is recovering from surgery. Carla Borck, Sophie's owner, noticed on Oct. 17 that her dog appeared unwell. She took Sophie to an emergency vet who found the nails and other objects in her stomach. Surgery safely removed all of the foreign objects. Since then, Borck and her husband have puppy-proofed their home.
    Courtesy Carla Borck
  • X-Rays: Puppy Swallows More Than Hundred Pennies

    When Jeff Keelan and his wife of Paw Paw, Mich., heard strange noises coming from their new mastiff, Isis, they rushed her to the veterinary clinic. There, an abdominal X-ray showed 105 pennies that the dog had swallowed were buried deep in her bowels. A vet performed emergency surgery to remove the pennies, and Isis is reported to be recovering well.
    ABC News
  • X-Rays: Self-Embedding a Rare but Disturbing Phenomenon

    This X-ray image illustrates three metal staples a teenage girl embedded in her hand in an act of self-mutilation known as "self-embedding." A new report released Tuesday in the journal Radiology documents the detection and removal of 68 such objects.
    Courtesy Radiological Society of North America
  • X-Rays: Self-Embedding a Rare but Disturbing Phenomenon

    This X-ray image reveals metal pieces embedded in the wrist of a teenage girl. Past research indicates that this form of self-mutilation may be more common among females than males, though overall it is a rare occurrence.
    Courtesy Radiological Society of North America
  • X-Rays: Self-Embedding a Rare but Disturbing Phenomenon

    This X-ray image shows eight pieces of metal embedded in the left arm of a teenage girl. Some doctors are alarmed by what they say is as a growing trend by adolescents to mutilate their bodies through self-embedding, which can involve inserting shards of wood, glass or paper clips under their skin. Other medical experts, however, say the embedding of needles and other objects in the skin is not a new syndrome in itself, but should be considered as part of a growing problem of self-injury that is gaining more attention from doctors.
    Courtesy Radiological Society of North America
  • X-Rays: Self-Embedding a Rare but Disturbing Phenomenon

    In this X-ray image, what appears to be an unfolded paper clip can be seen lodged in the upper arm of a patient. While metal objects are commonly used by those who self-embed, the variety of objects radiologists report finding in these patients ranges from glass and wood shards to graphite and crayons.
    Courtesy Radiological Society of North America
  • X-Rays: Self-Embedding a Rare but Disturbing Phenomenon

    This slide shows further X-ray evidence of self-embedding. While the practice is largely seen as a new trend, some medical experts say that such behaviors have been documented in the medical literature at least since 1896.
    Courtesy Radiological Society of North America
  • X-Rays: Self-Embedding a Rare but Disturbing Phenomenon

    This collection of images reveals some of the various objects that have been found in and extracted from the bodies of patients who self-embed. While the physical consequences of such behaviors include pain and infection, psychological experts are far more concerned about the underlying psychological issues that cause these self-embedding practitioners to mutilate themselves.
    Courtesy Radiological Society of North America
  • X-Ray Oddities

    When 75-year-old veggie lover Ron Sveden of Brewster, Mass. began suffering from pneumonia and other problems, he sought medical attention. An X-ray revealed a suspicious growth that doctors suspected was cancer. But samples of the mass revealed that it was actually a pea plant that had sprouted in his windpipe. Sveden recovered after doctors removed the plant.
    WHDH
  • X-Rays: Toddler Survives Hook in Brain

    Seventeen-month-old Jessiah Jackson fell into a pressure washer when a chair in which he was sitting tipped over. A metal hook that was part of the appliance became lodged two to three inches into the toddler's brain near a large blood vessel. Despite the risky nature of the procedure involved, surgeons at North Carolina Children's Hospital, Chapel Hill, were able to remove the hook safely from Jackson's skull.
    UNC Hospitals
  • X-oddities

    This CT scan image shows the placement of a 14.5 mm highly explosive incendiary round that was removed from the scalp of an Afghan National Army soldier March 18, 2010, at the Craig Joint Theater Hospital at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan. The injury was sustained during an improvised explosive device attack. Doctors, who donned body armor before performing surgery, removed the round without explosion.
    Courtesy U.S. Air Force
  • X-Ray Oddities

    Shown here in a frontal CT scan, the unexploded incendiary device is lodged in a soldier's scalp. The soldier was brought to the Craig Joint Theater Hospital, where doctors and an explosives ordnance disposal team were able to remove the device without detonating it.
    Courtesy U.S. Air Force
  • X-Ray Oddities

    The incendiary device lodged itself near the right frontal lobe of the Afghan soldier. Fortunately for the patient, the shell did not penetrate his skull. However, doctors said the man still sustained a traumatic brain injury from the attack.
    Courtesy U.S. Air Force
  • X-Ray Oddities

    This image shows the incendiary round after doctors removed it from the patent's head. The device, originally mistaken for a piece of scrap metal, contained 5 grams of live explosives.
    Courtesy U.S. Air Force
  • X-Rays: Man With Nail Lodged in Heart

    Nine-year-old Damaris Villanueva of Phoenix, Ariz., required medical attention after she fell on a wrought iron fence Saturday -- and the posts of the fence penetrated her leg. Villanueva is expected to make a full recovery. The girl was standing on the cement part of the block and wrought iron fence to get a ball out of a tree when she fell, Phoenix Fire spokesman Alex Rangel told ABC News affiliate KNXV-TV. <p> "My left foot got stuck, then I saw [my impaled leg] then I yelled to my mom I was sorry," Villanueva told reporters in her hospital room at Maricopa Medical Center.
    ABC News
  • X-Rays: Man With Nail Lodged in Heart

    Doctors in Poland this week removed a 5-centimeter (2-inch) nail from a man's heart. According to news reports, the injury occurred during an accident with a nail gun at a construction site in the town of Swietochlowice. Despite the serious nature of the injury, the man was reported to be in stable condition following an operation to remove the nail.
    ABC News
  • X-Rays:Saints Fan Swallows Logo

    New Orleans resident and Saints fan Florellen Rickard told reporters that she accidentally swallowed her Saints logo earring last week after she mistook it for a vitamin pill on her bedside table. "I swallowed, and something really hurt. Then I looked down and saw one fleur de lis, " Rickard told the New York Post Monday. "I thought, 'Uh-oh.' " Doctors fortunately could remove the piece of jewelry after maneuvering it into her throat and pumping her stomach. She recovered in time enjoy the Super Bowl with her friends.
    ABC News
  • X-ray Oddities: Boy with chopstick up his nose

    Li Jingchao, a 14-month-old boy in China, fell while running with chopsticks and one of the sticks pierced his nose, according to media reports. Dr. Sun Wei, the attending doctor at a Beijing hospital, told CNN that the stick penetrated more than two inches into the boy's skull. Doctors were surprised to find that they were able to remove the chopstick easily without surgery and with no serious consequences for the child.
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    Veterinarians in San Diego Wednesday treated a duck they suspected was the bull's eye of a cruel round of target practice by someone with a bow and arrow. When a park maintenance worker found the wounded animal, five arrows had impaled it. Surprisingly, after doctors removed the arrows, the duck was expected to make a full recovery.
    ABC
  • X-Ray Oddities: Lodged in Lung

    Doctors say 50-year-old John Manley should be OK now that they have removed the 1-inch piece of plastic that he sucked into his lung. The fragment of an eating utensil had rested there since Manley apparently inhaled it nearly two years ago while swallowing a soft drink at a Wendy's restaurant. Doctors at Duke University Medical Center say the foreign object was likely to blame for the coughing, fatigue and pneumonia that plagued Manley for almost two years. When they pulled it from Manley's left lung, they could still read the Wendy's logo and part of the word "hamburgers." Dr. Momen Wahidi at Duke called it "one of the weirdest things I've removed in my career."
    Courtesy Duke University Hospital
  • X-Ray Oddities

    Do-it-yourselfer Matt Taylor was using a nail gun to frame a door in his basement when a slip resulted in a 3.5-inch nail penetrating his wrist. <p> "I really should have just had two hands on the nail gun, and this would have never happened," Taylor said on "Good Morning America" on Aug. 21, 2009. <p> Fortunately, doctors were able to safely remove the nail, allowing Taylor to escape his D.I.Y. disaster with no permanent damage.
    ABC
  • X-Ray Oddities

    A 12-week-old Chihuahua puppy in Manchester, Ky., named Smokey survived three days in the woods with part of a large barbecue fork lodged in his brain. According to local news reports, the puppy ran away after the fork, which his owner was using to scoop out food for the dog, broke off and lodged in his skull. His owners found him July 8, 2009 and took him to the veterinarian to have the fork removed in a procedure that took about 30 seconds. Smokey is expected to make a full recovery.
    ABC
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  • X-Ray Oddities Stabbed Soldier

    On July 3, 2007, a teenage Iraqi insurgent attacked Sgt. Dan Powers on the streets of Baghdad, plunging a 9-inch knife deep into his skull. Powers later recalled that he believed he had been punched, not stabbed -- and only when one of his comrades told him he had a knife in his head did he realize the extent of his injury.
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  • X-Ray Oddities Stabbed Soldier

    Despite the severity of his injury, Powers remained alert as he was rushed to a combat hospital, where surgeons removed the knife, seen here in an X-ray image. He was then airlifted to the United States and taken to Walter Reed Army Medical Center. The injury left him barely able to walk, but after a grueling rehabilitation, Powers has rejoined his fellow paratroopers of the 118th MP Company out of Fort Bragg, N.C. Next month, Powers -- a fully qualified paratrooper once again -- will be boarding another military plane, this one bound for Afghanistan.
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    An alternate X-ray view of the pitchfork tine embedded in 10-year-old Darian Barton's leg. The girl was reportedly in good spirits following the incident, which left her with both a staph infection and salmonella poisoning, according to reports from KMBC-TV. Doctors are treating her with antibiotics and she is expected to make a full recovery.
    Courtesy KMBC-TV
  • Xray oddities

    While performing chores in her family's barn, 10-year-old Darian Barton of Maysville, Mo., reportedly slipped and fell, impaling her leg on a pitchfork. According to <a href="http://www.kmbc.com/news/19605157/detail.html"target="external">reports by ABC affiliate KMBC-TV in Kansas City</a>, the girl's father sawed the tine that was embedded in her leg off of the pitchfork before Darian was transported by helicopter to a hospital.
    Courtesy KMBC-TV
  • X-Ray Oddities

    When a friend told 27-year-old Kong Lin of eastern China heard a joke, Lin laughed so forcefully that he swallowed a 4-inch long pair of scissors he was using as a toothpick, reported the U.K.'s Daily Mail. The scissors, which became lodged in Lin's throat, required surgical removal. Fortunately, according to the story, Lin emerged from the experience relatively unscathed.
    ABC
  • Xray Oddities

    In what Abreu's father, Edilson, described to the Brazilian press as a "miracle," the fishing spear entered just above Abreu's left eye and missed the most critical areas of his brain. Doctors say he is unlikely to suffer major, lasting damage from the accident.
    ABC
  • Xray Oddities

    Emerson de Oliveira Abreu required five hours of high-risk surgery after a fishing spear, which he apparently fired himself, ricocheted off rocks and penetrated his head and brain, The Associated Press reports. Abreu was injured while diving off the coast of Rio de Janeiro. The six-inch blade penetrated so deeply into his head that only the tip was visible, according to family members and authorities.
    ABC
  • xray oddities

    Doctors were stunned when a 92-year-old woman, complaining of a stomachache, was found to have been carrying her unborn baby in her womb for the past 60 years, according to a report from the Central European News Agency. Huang Yijun of Huangjiaotan, China, had been told in 1948 that her child had died in the womb, but the procedure to remove it was too expensive for her at the time, according to the report.
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  • xray oddities

    Here is an X-ray of Huang's abdomen that shows the unborn fetus. "I couldn't believe my eyes when I discovered she had a baby in her belly," Dr. Liu Anbin at Qingshen hospital told the Central European News Agency. "I've been a doctor for more than 40 years, and it's the first time I have seen something like this." <p> According to the news report, doctors are doing further tests to determine if the fetus has to be removed or if the elderly woman can be spared surgery.
    CEN
  • medical oddities

    On the left is an X-ray of a typical skull, while on the right is an X-ray of 9-year-old Jordan Taylor's skull following an accident in which a truck hit a car he was riding in.. The force of the impact shifted the boy's head about an inch forward, effectively separating his skull from his spine.
    Courtesy Cook Children's Medical Center
  • X-Ray Oddities arrow in head

    Eleven-year-old Chinese schoolboy Liu Cheong had a brush with death when his friend shot him in the head with a 16-inch arrow, according to numerous international media reports. The arrow entered his skull through the eye socket and lodged in the back of his head. Somehow, the boy was spared a fatal brain injury.
    CEN Online
  • X-Ray Oddities

    This X-ray view, from the front of Holderman's head, shows the path that the car key took as it lodged into the boy's eye socket. Fortunately, the angle at which the key penetrated the boy's skull prevented it from causing irreparable damage to his eye, doctors said.
    ABC
  • X-Ray Oddities

    This X-ray shows how, during a fall, a car key penetrated the eyelid of 17-month-old Nicholas Holderman of Kentucky, reaching his brain. While doctors initially believed that the object had ruptured Nicholas' eyeball, another team of specialists later confirmed that the boy had sustained no permanent damage.
    ABC
  • animal oddities

    A 10-year-old Husky named Apachee experienced a close call after a fork he swallowed punctured a hole in his stomach and entered his abdomen. Despite injuries the North Carolina dog sustained to his lung and pulmonary artery, as well as a brief period of cardiac arrest, a team of six surgeons was able to save him.
    ABC
  • X-Ray Oddities

    According to local reports, 19-year-old Chris Clear was moving a roto-tiller on April 22 when a pin from the machine was thrown loose. It entered his nose and lodged in his brain, where it was eventually found by doctors during an X-ray. While Clear's initial prognosis was grim, surgeons were able to remove the pin in a marathon nine-hour surgery. Clear has reportedly lost some of his peripheral vision from the accident.
    ABC
  • Nail head

    George Chandler of Shawnee, Kan., was installing latticework at his home with a friend when his nail gun fired unexpectedly, driving a 2.5-inch nail into the top of his head. According to local reports, Chandler arrived at the hospital via ambulance, his hat nailed to his head. Doctors used a claw hammer to remove the nail, and Chandler says he is none the worse for wear after the incident.
    ABC
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