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Six-foot metal bar pierces Brazil worker's head, survives

India TV News Desk 21 Aug 2012, 11:30:03 IST
India TV News Desk
Rio de Janeiro, Aug 18: A 24-year-old construction worker in Brazil has survived after a six-foot metal bar fell from above and pierced his head.

Dr. Luiz Essinger of Rio de Janeiro's Miguel Couto Hospital said that doctors successfully extracted the iron bar from Eduardo Leite's skull during a five-hour-long surgical operation.

He said Leite was lucid and showed no negative consequences after the operation.

Speaking on Friday, Essinger said “The impressive thing is that he (Eduardo Leite) arrived at the hospital awake and told me what had happened to him,” adding that it was a miracle that Leite had survived.

The bar fell from the fifth floor of a building under construction, went through Leite's hard hat, entered the back of his skull and exited between his eyes.

The accident and surgery took place on Wednesday, and by Thursday Leite was already conscious, was eating normally and said he felt little pain.

His wife said she couldn't believe her husband had survived after seeing a picture taken in the ambulance by the surgeon on his mobile phone which showed her husband awake with the bar through his head.

“He was lying down (in the ambulance) with the bar pointing upwards and he was holding the metal with his face covered in blood, and his look was as if nothing had happened... It's unbelievable.”