‘accidents’ posts

Nails, Knives and X-Rays

Not quite for the faint of heart, the Denver Post has a slideshow of unusual and bizarre x-rays. Shown here are a few. Click through for all 52

Remarkably, each of these people survived.

Descriptions via the Denver Post:

01: In an image provided by University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Hospital, a spear accidentally shot through Yasser Lopez’s skull is shown on an X-ray. Lopez, 16, was in serious condition Tuesday, June 19, 2012, at Jackson Memorial Hospital’s Ryder Trauma Center. Hospital officials say one of Lopez’s friends was loading a speargun when it accidentally fired. Lopez was taken to the trauma center June 7 with roughly 3 feet of the spear protruding from his forehead.

02: X-rays of Patrick Lawler displayed during a press conference at Littleton Adventist Hospital in Littleton, Colo, show the man’s skull with a nail embedded in it, following an accident with a nail gun in 2005. Patrick had been using the nail gun on a construction site in Breckenridge, Colo., when it recoiled and hit him in the face. The accident left Lawler with what he thought was a minor toothache and blurry vision. When painkillers and ice failed to stop the ache six days later, he went to a dental office where the four-inch nail was discovered.

03: Six nails 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, are seen in this X-ray image from Providence Holy Cross Hospital in Los Angeles. Five of the six nails were removed in surgery that day and the sixth was removed from his face on April 23, after the swelling went down.

04. A photo of an x-ray provided by the Ministry of Defence/British Army shows a knife embedded in the head of an unidentified 10-year-old Afghan boy, in July 2007. Medics from Britain’s reserve Territorial Army, helped save the life of the boy who was stabbed while trying to protect his father during a fight with a male customer in his shop in Kandahar. The skills of the British Army medics at Camp Bastion saved his life.

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