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Old 01-18-2005, 10:59 PM
Casshew Casshew is offline
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Man didn't notice nail gun injury

Breckenridge, Colorado - A man is recovering in the hospital - after he accidentally hit himself in the mouth with a tool gun.

At first, he didn't think much of it. But the construction worker in Breckenridge, Colorado was in for the surprise of his life when X-rays of a minor toothache revealed a close call he never imagined.

"I'm like, what are you doing? Is this a joke?" his wife recalled saying when she saw the X-ray. "And they were like, no, no, no - there's really a nail in there!"

Twenty-three-year-old Patrick Lawler shot himself with his own nail gun - and didn't realize it for six days. The long, construction nail entered through his upper right lip and stopped itself just inside the front part of his brain - barely missing his right eye by millimeters. The X-rays he took at the dental office where his wife works show an unbelievable sight of the nail stretching from his teeth to his skull.

"The nail gun had recoiled and it must have recoiled at a high turbulence, flipped 180 degrees and somehow shot or angled the nail through the front of my lip," says Lawler. "For six days we were icing it and taking Advil, thinking I got hit real hard - like a punch. Way off!"

Initially, neither Lawler nor his doctors thought much of his toothaches and blurry vision. After he took the X-rays nearly a week after the incident, he was immediately rushed from his home down to Littleton Adventist Hospital, where the chief neurosurgeon has worked on three similar cases.

"This is the second one we've seen in this hospital where the person was injured by the nail gun and didn't actually realize the nail had been imbedded in their skull," says Dr. Sean Markey. "But it's a pretty rare injury."

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Old 01-19-2005, 11:32 AM
Jeana (DP) Jeana (DP) is offline
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Now THAT is a man! LOL
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Old 01-21-2005, 11:32 PM
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The X-ray

An x-ray image shows the four-inch nail that construction worker Patrick Lawler of Littleton, Colo., accidentally fired through his mouth and into his head with a nail gun on Jan. 6th. Lawler, 23, didnít realize what had happened though the nail plunged 1 Ĺ inches into his brain. Six days later he went to the dentist for what he thought was a toothache, and the x-ray revealed the nail. Lawler was expected to be released from the hospital Jan. 20th. But he is uninsured and is unsure how he will pay his $100,000-plus medical bill.

It's truly a miracle he survived this.

Last edited by WasBlind; 01-22-2005 at 10:30 PM. Reason: typo
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Old 01-23-2005, 11:17 PM
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Its probably good that he took up construction and left brain surgury for someone else.
This is my opinion, and change is good.
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