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Man survives six nails driven into head

Discussion in 'Channel Zero' started by TheoHuxtable, May 6, 2004.

  1. TheoHuxtable

    TheoHuxtable Senior Member

    Joined: Jan 5, 2004 Messages: 2,113 Likes Received: 1
    Man survives six nails driven into head
    Thursday, May 6, 2004 Posted: 8:02 AM EDT (1202 GMT)

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    [i]Six nails are embedded in the skull of construction worker Isidro Mejia shown in this x-ray.[/i]

    LOS ANGELES, California (AP) -- A construction worker had six nails driven into his head in an accident with a high-powered nail gun, but doctors said Wednesday they expect him to make a full recovery.

    Three nails penetrated Isidro Mejia's brain, and one entered his spine below the base of his skull. Doctors said the nails barely missed his brain stem and spinal cord, preventing paralysis or death.

    He made his first public appearance Wednesday since the April 19 accident that left him with 3 1/2-inch nails embedded in his face, neck and skull.

    He told reporters in Spanish from his wheelchair that he does not remember much about the accident, but is grateful to be alive.

    "He says that he's very happy to be alive," said Dr. Rafael Quinonez, a neurosurgeon who removed the nails at Providence Holy Cross Medical Center. "And he told me this morning that he thought he was going to die. He was happy when he opened his eyes, and he saw that he's still with us."

    Mejia, 39, was atop an unfinished home when he fell from the roof onto a co-worker who was using the nail gun, Los Angeles County sheriff's Deputy Mark Newlands said.

    The two men tried to grab each other to keep from falling, but both tumbled to the ground. At some point, the nail gun discharged and drove the nails into Mejia's head.

    "They're extremely powerful," Newlands said. "They've got to drive through three-quarter-inch plywood."

    Quinonez said Mejia told authorities he remembered a "shock" to the back of his neck and little else before passing out.

    "We did not have too much hope that he would survive, but we did it and he survived," Quinonez said, calling the recovery "close to a miracle."

    Mejia is walking with minimal assistance and speaks somewhat slowly because his brain's speech center was affected, but his progress has been "remarkable," Quinonez said. With rehabilitation therapy, he should fully recover, he said.

    "He is basically normal," Quinonez said.

    Five nails were removed the same day and the sixth, in Mejia's face, was removed April 23 after swelling went down, the hospital said.

    Authorities cleared the co-worker of any wrongdoing.
     
  2. HOVIE

    HOVIE Member

    Joined: Sep 12, 2003 Messages: 675 Likes Received: 1
    yer i saw this in the metro yesterday...the headline was "i must get my nails done..":rolleyes:
     
  3. 26SidedCube

    26SidedCube Veteran Member

    Joined: Mar 18, 2003 Messages: 6,590 Likes Received: 9
    :lick: :D


    oh yes!

    Edit.
     
  4. Overtime

    Overtime Dirty Dozen Crew

    Joined: Apr 22, 2003 Messages: 13,986 Likes Received: 311
    shits old news, a guy a couple years back cut off his finger or somethin with a saw, and drove nails into his own head to put the pain somehwere else, that dude is a trooper...
     
  5. MurderSluts

    MurderSluts Junior Member

    Joined: May 6, 2004 Messages: 221 Likes Received: 1
    it would have been funnier if he died. thats always funnier.....

    "I dont want to die by a tire hitting me in the fucking face" - dane cook
     
  6. Im Broke

    Im Broke Senior Member

    Joined: Jun 11, 2003 Messages: 1,579 Likes Received: 0
    woh... thats really fucked up..^^
     
  7. duh-rye-won

    duh-rye-won Member

    Joined: Aug 8, 2001 Messages: 580 Likes Received: 2
    i saw this on the news last night. that x-ray pic is just amazing. it looks really uncomfortable.
     
  8. Swiffer Jet

    Swiffer Jet Elite Member

    Joined: Jul 14, 2003 Messages: 2,669 Likes Received: 0
    does that motherfucker have enough cavities?
     
  9. gfreshsushi

    gfreshsushi Senior Member

    Joined: Sep 21, 2003 Messages: 2,244 Likes Received: 1
    this woman i worked with shot herself in the hand with a nail gun on the job once. stupid fucking retard. she still can't live it down.
     
  10. EyeforAnEYE

    EyeforAnEYE Elite Member

    Joined: Sep 29, 2003 Messages: 4,199 Likes Received: 3
    Yeah but was that guy with the 6 nails in his head wearing a "gun's dont kill people, I kill people" shirt?
     
  11. GLIK$

    GLIK$ Dirty Dozen Crew

    Joined: Jul 23, 2002 Messages: 22,277 Likes Received: 117
    dude got straight nailed.
     
  12. BIGBLUE

    BIGBLUE Senior Member

    Joined: Jul 4, 2003 Messages: 1,667 Likes Received: 0
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