British International School, Phuket
Tengoku British International School, Phuket
The Phuket News Novosti Phuket Khao Phuket

Login | Create Account | Search


US boy survives impaling head on kebab skewer

US boy survives impaling head on kebab skewer

UNITED STATES: A 10-year-old American boy was making a remarkable recovery yesterday (sept 12) after a meat skewer impaled his skull but missed his brain, in what medics called a “one in a million” accident.

accidentshealth
By AFP

Thursday 13 September 2018, 09:47AM


An X-Ray of Xavier Cunningham’s head after a meat skewer impaled his skull, on Sept 8. Photo: AFP

An X-Ray of Xavier Cunningham’s head after a meat skewer impaled his skull, on Sept 8. Photo: AFP

Had Xavier Cunningham landed fractions of an inch to either side after falling from a treehouse ladder onto the sharp metal spit fixed upright beneath, he may have been severely injured or killed.

Instead, he is getting back on his feet in the Midwestern state of Kansas following surgery last Sunday (Sept 9) to remove the foot-long skewer embedded from his cheekbone to the back of his neck.

“This thing had spared the eye, spared the brain, spared the spinal cord,” neurosurgeon Koji Ebersole, head of the local university health authority, told the Kansas City Star.

“It was one in a million for it to pass five or six inches through the front of the face to the back and not have hit these things,” he added.

Ebersole said the skewer plunged through a tiny space in his head surrounded by major blood vessels.

“I have not seen anything passed to that depth in a situation that was survivable, let alone one where we think the recovery will be near complete if not complete,” Ebersole said.

Xavier’s ordeal began last Saturday afternoon (Sept 8), when he was playing near his home in the neighbouring state of Missouri.

He was attacked by a swarm of wasps and fell from a treehouse, landing face-first on the skewer, which he and his friends had fixed upright into the ground, US media reported.

The skewer pierced his left cheek below the eye and went clean through his skull, without piercing the skin in the back of the neck.

Phuket Property

Xavier roused himself and ran home, still skewered.

“I heard screaming,” the boy’s mother Gabrielle Miller told the Star. “He came in and he had this thing just sticking out.”

Remarkably, Xavier was able to walk into the emergency room of a local hospital. He was transferred twice to other hospitals, before a qualified surgery team was assembled.

There was no serious bleeding, allowing doctors time to carefully prepare for the surgery scheduled for the following morning. But it meant an excruciating wait Saturday night.

“He would wake up and come to. He’d be like, ‘Am I alive?’” Miller said.

Ebersol said Xavier’s ability to stay calm and not pull at the skewer overnight gave them the time they needed to make sure they were fully prepared.

Around 100 medical personnel took part in the operation, Ebersole said. They slowly removed the skewer, taking care to avoid blood vessels that were within piercing distance.

“He proved to be remarkably brave,” Ebersole said.

Comment on this story

* Please login to comment. If you do not have an account please register below by simply entering a username, password and email address. You can still leave your comment below at the same time.

* (Not Hotmail/Outlook)
CAPTCHA

Be the first to comment.

 

Have a news tip-off? Click here

 

Phuket community
Weather warning for Andaman coast

If you want accurate weather with sensory equipment on both north and south Phuket, go to Wind Guru...(Read More)


Biden not among leaders to attend Apec

If no one attended the QE II funeral it was because they were not invited. Wholly fitting as the co...(Read More)


American tourist injured in Bangla altercation

Come Fasc...it's called "hyperbole". With that said, at one point I needed a certain ...(Read More)


Biden not among leaders to attend Apec

Reading comments of Minister Don made me laugh,thinking about the absence of the most high Thai auth...(Read More)


American tourist injured in Bangla altercation

Any chance I can borrow the tinfoil hat CB? Never been charged 10 times more than locals in Patong H...(Read More)


American tourist injured in Bangla altercation

So, now we wait on reportings of what happend on Bangla Rd? Is the RTP already present till after 4-...(Read More)


Medical services expand to cover mental health

As usual DeK presumes, sell it 'for sure'. I have been in the Golden Triangle. All material...(Read More)


Medical services expand to cover mental health

And Kurt, why don't you just stick to the benefits described in the article ? The benefits may a...(Read More)


Medical services expand to cover mental health

@Kurt How can generals and troops destroy the " produktion locations"if the drugs are most...(Read More)


Russian business couple say they were extorted by foreigners

@JohnC...my thoughts exactly. I think the police actually love to see an increase in the dodgy/crim...(Read More)