Doctors find 12 nails in man’s skull

Posted on July 1, 2006 

Doctors find 12 nails in man’s skull

US doctors found 12 nails stuck in the skull of a man who came in complaining of a headache.

Medics believe the man fired the two-inch nails into his head himself in a bizarre suicide bid – but somehow survived.

“Incredibly he’s made a full recovery,” said Dr Alexander West, the neurosurgeon who led the team that pulled out the nails.

“This guy was blessed in some way. I mean, it’s incredible.”

The 2ins nails were not originally visible in the 33-year-old’s head when he sought help in hospital in Portland, Oregon.

But x-rays revealed six nails clustered between his right eye and ear, two below his right ear and four on the left side of his head.

The nails came close to major blood vessels and the brain stem but did not pierce them.

Officials believe the unnamed man was suicidal and high on methamphetamine when he fired the nails into his head one by one with a nail gun.

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from Ananova

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