Nail Removed From Skull After DIY Accident
A 55-year-old man has had a lucky escape after an 8cm-long nail ripped into his skull while he was doing DIY.
Mr Yang is recovering in hospital in Nanjing, in China's Jiangsu province, after the steel nail was removed by neurosurgeons.
He did not realise the nail had penetrated his head while he was using a cutting machine when decorating his home on December 29.
"The nail that got stuck in the cutting machine flew out when I turned on the machine. It ripped into my head and left a small hole on the skin," said the patient.
It was only when he felt sick and had a CT scan that doctors realised he had a nail embedded in his skull.
Luo Liangsheng, a doctor in neurosurgery, said: "The nail penetrated his eye socket and reached the petrosal bone after passing through the middle cranial fossa.
"If we pulled the nail out directly, the surgical risk would be quite high, because the great vessels and nerves might be hurt during the process," he added.
Mr Yang is in a stable condition after his surgery and his vision was not affected.
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