Man survives a nail in the eye
Man survives a nail in the eye A CT scan with a nail in the eye of a patient (AP photos)
Man survives a nail in the eye
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There must have been a four-leaf clover in those weeds.

A 27-year-old landscaper escaped with barely a scratch after a nearly 3-inch nail hurtled into his eye. He accidentally hit it with a weed-whacker.

Doctors who removed the nail at Boston's Massachusetts General Hospital described the case in the New England Journal of Medicine.

"When you looked at him, all you saw was the back end of the nail," said Dr. Wael Asaad. It was in his right eye. Asaad is a neurosurgeon. A neurosurgeon is a doctor who specializes in surgery of the brain and nervous system. He now works at Rhode Island Hospital and Brown University.

It happened about two years ago. The man wasn't identified.

Doctors couldn't tell how long the nail was or its path. Radiologist Dr. Rajiv Gupta used a new type of CT scanner. It revealed detailed images.

"It reached almost to the tip of the other eye and the brain. It was a very long nail," he said.

The good news? The nail had not penetrated the globe of the eye. It was to one side.

The bad news? It was lodged against one of the main arteries supplying blood to the head. It was also against another artery serving the other eye.

"The tip of the nail was like the finger in the dam. We were worried that if we pulled it out there would be bleeding." A jet of blood could damage the other eye or the brain. It could even prove fatal, Asaad said.

They made an elaborate plan. It was in case an artery ruptured and had to be repaired. One surgeon was ready to operate through the head. A second surgeon was ready to operate through the neck. As these two stood by, a third surgeon carefully pulled out the nail.

They waited several minutes. No major bleeding occurred. They stopped sedating him and the patient was allowed to wake. He was given a tetanus shot and a prescription for five days of preventive antibiotics. Then he was on his way.

A checkup eight weeks later showed his vision had returned to normal. Had the nail struck 1 millimeter away, he likely would have had major damage, doctors said.

As dramatic as it was, "nails penetrating the skull are not as uncommon as you would think," Asaad said. They are usually from nail gun accidents.

Gupta said the lesson is clear.

"Wear eye protection whenever operating heavy machinery. That also includes power tools. They should be worn even when using simple tools for gardening.

Critical thinking challenge: Why was the landscaper injured by a nail instead of some other object?

Source URL: https://www.tweentribune.com/article/junior/man-survives-nail-eye/

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COMMENTS (27)
  • trent3-Bla
    5/21/2015 - 12:59 p.m.

    I am really suprised a person could survive that he was really lucky.

  • bradleyc-Opi
    5/21/2015 - 03:25 p.m.

    V...E...R...Y...scary! That man must have had serious pain. I hope he is O.K.

  • samuelw-Hyl
    5/26/2015 - 11:56 a.m.

    I thought this article was really cool because this nail was a millameter away from cathing the other eye or the brain. He was injured by a nail and not a other object because he was weed wacking and caught a nail in the gromn and it came back and caught him in the eye. Always were saftey goggles.

  • samuelw-Hyl
    5/26/2015 - 11:57 a.m.

    I thought this article was really cool because this nail was a millimeter away from catching the other eye or the brain. He was injured by a nail and not a other object because he was weed whacking and caught a nail in the grown and it came back and caught him in the eye. Always were safety goggles.

  • CassieS-Saw
    5/28/2015 - 11:52 a.m.

    i think it is really sad to have a nail to be stuck in that person eye it will be pain full to take the nail out

  • JacquelineR-Saw
    5/28/2015 - 11:56 a.m.

    ouch i fell so bad for that person thats why we need to be carefull

  • CharlotteR-Saw
    5/28/2015 - 12:30 p.m.

    Oh my gosh! That sounds scary, it must have hurt so so so bad! I would rather get acupuncture!
    I would probably not survive that, he's so lucky!

  • ryan0420-yyca
    5/28/2015 - 09:27 p.m.

    That is very discusting a man gets a nail in his eye whipping weed. I wonder how that man survived that incident. The man must have been blind but luckily he wasn't from a eyedamage.That man is pretty lucky because most people would have died by now but that man probably felt very big pain. Also he would have been bleeding crazy by now but he wasn't because he was lucky bnot to have a jet of blood come out.

  • Mixicofre
    6/15/2015 - 02:02 p.m.

    A 27 year old landscaper escaped with barely a scratch after a nearly 3 inch nail hurtled into his eye.
    "When I looked, all I saw was the end of the nail," said Dr. Wael Asaad , a neurosurgeon.
    This incident happened two years ago and at that time could not identify the man. The radiologist said Rajiv Gupta "came almost to the tip of the other eye and brain. It was a long nail"
    The good news was that the nail had penetrated the eyeball. The bad news was filed against one of the main arteries that supply blood to the head.
    Remove nail eye of the victim three surgeons were needed because of the risk of bleeding that could occur when removing nail eye.
    in my opinion I think that this incident was because the victim was in the wrong place at the wrong time

  • PamelaLara
    6/17/2015 - 09:50 p.m.

    The last article talk about a man that survives a nail in his eye.
    A 27 year old landscaper escaped with barely a scratch after a nearly 3 inch nail hurtled into his eye.
    Doctors who removed the nail at Bostons Massachusetts General Hospital described the case.
    When you looked at him, all you saw was the back end of the nail said Dr. Wael Asaad.
    It happened about two years ago. The man wasnt identified.
    It reached almost to the other eye and the brain. It was a very long nail said Radiologist Dr rajiv Gupta
    The nail had not penetrated the globe of the eye. It was to one side. It is the good news, but the bad news It was lodge against one of the main arteries supplying blood the head it was also against another artery serving the other eye.
    Then the man was operate.
    A checkup eight weeks later showed his vision had returned to normal.
    Gupta said the lesson is clear.
    Wear eye protection whenever operating heavy machinery that also includes power tools. They should be even when using simple tools for gardening.
    I really think that this man is really lucky. Because he survive a nail in his eye that almost hit his brain and also the size of the nail was really long.
    Critical thinking challenge: Why was the landscaper injured by a nail instead of some other object?
    He was injured by a nail instead of some other object because the man was working with weed whacking and this caught a nail in the ground and the nail came back and impact in his eye. Since that the nail is small and is difficult in the ground of see.

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