Man accidentally shoots nail into brain
CHICAGO – A suburban Chicago man accidentally shot a 3.25in (8.25cm) nail into his skull, but was unaware that it had entered his brain until the next day, when he began feeling nauseous.
Dante Autullo, 34, was in his workshop last Tuesday when a nail gun recoiled near his head.
Surgeons told Autullo that it came within millimetres of the area in the centre of the brain used for motor function, Reuters reported.
His fiancee, Gail Glaenzer, told Associated Press on Friday that he was in good spirits after the two-hour surgery to remove the nail at Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, Illinois.
“He feels good. He moved all his limbs, he’s talking normal, he remembers everything,” she said. “It’s amazing, a miracle.”
Glaenzer said she had no idea the nail had entered his skull when she cleaned a cut on his forehead.
Autullo jokingly told her to get the TV cameras: “I’m one of those medical miracles.”
But she convinced him to go to the hospital after he felt nauseous for much of Wednesday.
Autullo thought that the nail gun had simply hit his forehead, but realised later that when the gun came in contact with his head, the sensor recognised a flat surface and fired.
While there are pain-sensitive nerves on a person’s skull, there are none within the brain itself.
Hospital spokesman Mike Maggio said the part of the skull that was removed for surgery had to be replaced with a titanium mesh because it might have been contaminated by the nail.