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Man survives six nails driven into head

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

  1. TheoHuxtable

    TheoHuxtable 12oz Senior Member

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    Man survives six nails driven into head

    Discussion started by TheoHuxtable - May 6, 2004

    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.
     
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    HOVIE - Replied May 6, 2004

    yer i saw this in the metro yesterday...the headline was "i must get my nails done..":rolleyes:
     
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    26SidedCube - Replied May 6, 2004

    :lick: :D


    oh yes!

    Edit.
     
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    Overtime - Replied May 6, 2004

    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...
     
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    MurderSluts - Replied May 6, 2004

    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
     
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    Im Broke - Replied May 6, 2004

    woh... thats really fucked up..^^
     
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    duh-rye-won - Replied May 6, 2004

    i saw this on the news last night. that x-ray pic is just amazing. it looks really uncomfortable.
     
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    Swiffer Jet - Replied May 7, 2004

    does that motherfucker have enough cavities?
     
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    gfreshsushi - Replied May 7, 2004

    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.
     
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    EyeforAnEYE - Replied May 7, 2004

    Yeah but was that guy with the 6 nails in his head wearing a "gun's dont kill people, I kill people" shirt?
     
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    dude got straight nailed.
     
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    BIGBLUE - Replied May 7, 2004

    that was sick
     
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