Images of sharp objects that have been forced into somebody’s head always get people wincing sympathetically, certain that the person involved must be dead, because brain injuries are almost always fatal.
Images of sharp objects that have been forced into somebody’s head always get people wincing sympathetically, certain that the person involved must be dead, because brain injuries are almost always fatal. The operative word here is almost, and what follows are incredible examples of people should, indeed, should be dead, but lived through their ordeals, somehow surviving, against all the odds, and making full recoveries.
Especially distressing when the victim is child, as young as 17 month-old Jessiah Jackson, some head injuries seem truly horrendous. Jessiah fell into a pressure washer, when his chair tipped over, a large metal hook within the machine penetrating the skull, and lodged some way into the brain, close to a large blood vessel. Despite the inherent danger of the surgical procedure needing to be performed, North Carolina Children’s Hospital surgeons removed the hook safely, and Jessiah is now fully recovered, a happy and healthy child.
Another 17-month-old toddler staged a miraculous recovery after falling face first into car keys, one piercing his eyelid and penetrating his brain. Nicholas Holderman, of Kentucky, USA, appeared to have had his eye had ruptured, at first, but later checks revealed noeye damage at all, and the resilience healthy child had, in just over two months, made a complete recovery, showing no visible signs of having been so horrifically injured.
The young Emerson de Oliveira Abreu was out fishing in Rio de Janiero, using a compressed air powered fishing spear, he aimed at a target fish, but his bad luck saw the spear ricocheted back from a boulder and spear him through head and brain, all 6in going into his skull, which required needed five hours of very high-risk surgery to remove successfully, Emerson amazingly recovering completely and going back to his fishing as if nothing had happened.
One of the luckiest boys alive today, Liu Cheong came very close to death when shot by a school friend whilst the pair were fooling about with bows and arrows, in Changchun, eastern China and 11-year-old Liu was horrified to feel an arrow pierce his eye socket, and travelling through his head, only stopped by the bony back of his skull, Liu only surviving because, by some miraculous freak of chance the arrow missed his brain completely, and he recovered completely.
The image above, as shocking as it is, shows a 15-year-old boy’s skull, shortly after a five inch knife stabbed him, as with two friends attempting to stop a mugging, he was set upon, the knife stabbing one boy in the forehead, another boy in the back and yet another in the shoulder. The boy above only survived because the knife was left sticking from his head, allowing doctors to operate in time. Had anyone tried to remove it before that, he would have died, yet ten months later he enrolled in college.
As awful as these images would suggest the injuries might have been, the fact that these people recovered just goes to show how incerdibly resilient the human body can be in matters of survival. There is bo doubt whatever that every one of these victimes turned out to be incredibly lucky in avoiding life threatening damage, but nature proves,through these amazing stories of survival, that she will always find a way to maintain life.