It is not often that one can look at images like those featured in this story without experiencing a shiver down the spine. In fact, it’s hard to believe that the injuries shown here turned out not to be fatal, but then the body does have incredible powers of recovery!
1. Six nails in skull of building worker (shown above)
Six nails were embedded in the skull of construction worker Isidro Mejia, 39, after an industrial incident caused a nail gun to shoot nails into his head and brain on April 19, 2004. Five of the six nails, shown above in an x-ray from Providence Holy Cross Hospital, were removed in surgery that day, and the sixth was removed from his face on April 23, after the swelling had gone down.
2. Teenage boy victim of knife attack
This harrowing picture shows an x-ray of a 15-year-old boy’s skull after a five inch knife was plunged into his head. Amazingly the teenager survived the stabbing and ten months on from the attack has enrolled in college. The boy and two other youngsters were attacked when they tried to stop a friend being robbed at a bus stop in London. The muggers used a kitchen knife to stab one boy in the forehead, another twice in the back and a third in the shoulder. He survived because he was rushed to hospital with the knife still sticking out of his head and doctors managed to operate in time. Surgeons said if anyone had tried to take it out he would have died.
3. South Korean man with nail in head.
This South Korean man went to hospital complaining of severe headache. After examination, the doctors concluded that the nail had been there for at least four years, after an accident on a building site, and he simply had not noticed. How he had avoided brain damage is a complete mystery.