A BOY has “miraculously” survived being impaled through the head by a meat skewer in a “one in a million” incident.
The thin foot-long spike amazingly missed 10-year-old Xavier Cunningham’s eyes, brain, spinal cord and major blood vessels, after he fell from a tree house after being attacked by wasps in Harrisonville, Missouri.
Kansas University Hospital told local media he is expected to recover fully, although his voice may be affected.
A team of Kansas University doctors successfully removed the square rod – which made for a trickier surgery than a rounded skewer due to the sharp edges – over several hours.
Koji Ebersole, director of endovascular neurosurgery at the University of Kansas Health System, told local media: “You couldn’t draw it up any better.
“It was one in a million for it to pass 5 or 6 inches through the front of the face to the back and not have hit these things”
University of Kansas Health System’s Koji Ebersole
“It was one in a million for it to pass 5 or 6 inches through the front of the face to the back and not have hit these things.”
He said the biggest concern while removing the rod was the blood vessels in the boy’s neck.
“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,” he said.
About 100 medical workers were involved in Xavier’s surgery.