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01-17-2005, 10:09 AM
LITTLETON, Colo. (AP) — A dentist found the source of the toothache Patrick Lawler was complaining about on the roof of his mouth: a four-inch nail the construction worker had unknowingly embedded in his skull six days earlier.

A nail gun backfired on Lawler, 23, on Jan. 6 while working in Breckenridge, a ski resort town in the central Colorado mountains. The tool sent a nail into a piece of wood nearby, but Lawler didn't realize a second nail had shot through his mouth, said his sister, Lisa Metcalse.

Following the accident, Lawler had what he thought was a minor toothache and blurry vision. On Wednesday, after painkillers and ice didn't ease the pain, he went to a dental office where his wife, Katerina, works.

"We all are friends, so I thought the (dentists) were joking ... then the doctor came out and said 'There's really a nail,'" Katerina Lawler said. "Patrick just broke down. I mean, he had been eating ice cream to help the swelling."

He was taken to a suburban Denver hospital, where he underwent a four-hour surgery. The nail had plunged 1 1/2 inches into his brain, barely missing his right eye, Metcalse said.

Lawler was recovering Sunday in the hospital, where he was expected to spend several more days.

"The doctors said, 'If you're going to have a nail in the brain, that's the way you want it to be,'" she said. "He's the luckiest guy, ever." http://i.a.cnn.net/cnn/2005/US/01/16/nailgun.accident.ap/story.xray.kusa.jpg

Talk about weird and lucky at the same time. :eek:

TiE23
01-17-2005, 10:19 AM
I think they just had a news thing on that guy on my news channel... weird.

TiE

IG-64
01-17-2005, 10:24 AM
Wow, a nail has to be going pretty fast to shoot through your mouth, past your eye, and 1 1/2 inches into your brain without knowing it.

Need a shotgun? Nah, just use a nail gun. :Ornghair: http://www.thegodsofwar.org/forum/html/emoticons/blink.gif

TK-8252
01-17-2005, 10:25 AM
*Insert jaw drop here*

IG-64
01-17-2005, 10:27 AM
Originally posted by TK-8252
*Insert jaw drop here*

:drop2: *inserts* What do I get? >_>

Hermie
01-17-2005, 11:38 AM
how is it possible to get a nail at that angle from a nail gun malfunction?

Mike Windu
01-17-2005, 11:49 AM
Tilt your head back horizontally to where it is like a straight line. Open mouth and let nail fly through?

:eek: That sucks! Holy hell!

Kain
01-17-2005, 11:51 AM
...uh...wow.

Anthony
01-17-2005, 12:00 PM
what a numbskull. >>

Holy **** though.. I really wonder how people manage to NOT notice a nail stuck in their head.

Samuel Dravis
01-17-2005, 12:52 PM
That's amazing... :eek:

lassev
01-17-2005, 01:53 PM
Originally posted by Anthony
I really wonder how people manage to NOT notice a nail stuck in their head.

Actually, there isn't much to feel. The only place is the tissue of the mucous membrane in your mouth. Brain feels nothing at all, and probably not the stuff (bone and cartilage) that's between the mouth and the brain. So, it's easy actually to imagine why he though he had just a toothache, especially if he was startled when the nail gun misfired.

Curt-Man
01-17-2005, 02:02 PM
ooOOOOoooo mr, scientific. just kidding, but that is absolutly nuts.

IG-64
01-17-2005, 02:04 PM
Originally posted by lassev
Actually, there isn't much to feel. The only place is the tissue of the mucous membrane in your mouth. Brain feels nothing at all, and probably not the stuff (bone and cartilage)

*raises hand* I actually knew that :D



Go me.

jon_hill987
01-17-2005, 02:18 PM
Hmm, not nice. people have survived worse though. can't be bothered with diging them up now...

BongoBob
01-17-2005, 02:25 PM
Geez, that's friggin insane. A little more tilt of his head and he would have died instantly 0.0

Sabretooth
01-18-2005, 12:14 AM
Somebody add a new weapon mod to UT2004.

Nailgun, the bane of railgun. I like that.

Neverhoodian
01-18-2005, 11:32 AM
Geez, it's things like this that make me wary when I'm around power tools.

Kind of reminds me of a true story I learned in my Psychology class. Something similar (but more serious) to this happened to a fellow by the name of Phineas Gage (http://science-education.nih.gov/nihHTML/ose/snapshots/multimedia/ritn/Gage/Broken_brain1.html) long ago. It's a fascinating read, not only of the event itself, but also of what can happen to a person when the brain is damaged.

weiderudare
01-18-2005, 11:39 AM
*writes down "NEVER TOUCH A NAILGUN" on his to do list*

Lady Jedi
01-18-2005, 09:14 PM
Heh. Saw part of this on the Today show this morning.

It's absolutely amazing! Truly awesome! :cool: Good for him though. Geez can you imagine if it'd hit him at even a slightly different angle? :eek:

narfblat
01-18-2005, 10:59 PM
Originally posted by weiderudare
*writes down "NEVER TOUCH A NAILGUN" on his to do list* *hands weiderudare a nailgun* haha. Since you failed that, write "NEVER HIT DYNAMITE WITH A HAMMER" on your list.:D