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Docs Remove Spear From Man’s Brain

By Wyatt Earp | March 30, 2009


Immediately after the surgery, the patient said, “I need this hospital bill like I need a hole in the head.”

Thank you, I’ll be here all week! Try the veal!

SAO PAULO — Surgeons successfully removed a 6-inch fishing spear from the brain of a man who was struck while diving off the coast of Rio de Janeiro, doctors said Sunday.

Emerson de Oliveira Abreu apparently fired the spear, which ricocheted off rocks and penetrated his own head so deeply that only the tip was showing, family members and authorities said.

Doctor Manoel Moreira told Globo TV that the it took five hours of high-risk surgery to remove the projectile from Abreu, who is doing well and is not likely to suffer major, lasting damage.

The spear entered just above Abreu’s left eye and missed the most critical areas of his brain, Moreira said.

“It’s a miracle,” said Abreu’s father, Edilson, according to Globo’s G1 Web site. (H/TFOXNews)

Um no, TiVo is a miracle. This is just dumb luck and good medicine. You may not think it possible, but plenty of people suffered the same injury and went on to lead full and productive lives . . .


Topics: WTF? | 6 Comments »

6 Responses to “Docs Remove Spear From Man’s Brain”

  1. Jim Says:
    March 30th, 2009 at 4:36 pm

    Actually, I think Bawney got speared somewhere else in his anatomy. On a regular basis.

  2. Doghouse Says:
    March 31st, 2009 at 10:01 am

    Was the object in question named Britney?

  3. USA_Admiral Says:
    March 31st, 2009 at 10:32 am

    Remind me never to south of the Grand Cayman Islands on holiday or anything else.

  4. Wyatt Earp Says:
    March 31st, 2009 at 2:07 pm

    Jim – Ba dump bump!

    Doghouse – No, the object in question was much smarter.

    Admiral – Yeah, it’s probably a good idea.

  5. Alan B Says:
    March 31st, 2009 at 2:27 pm

    Au contraire

    If I was going to do such a damn fool thing, it sounds like Grand Cayman Islands is a great place to do it!

  6. rightwingprof Says:
    March 31st, 2009 at 3:03 pm

    Wow. Life imitates CSI.