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    LITTLETON, Colorado (AP) -- A dentist found the source of the toothache Patrick Lawler was complaining about on the roof of his mouth -- a four-inch (10-centimeter) nail the construction worker had unknowingly embedded in his skull six days earlier.

    A nail gun backfired on Lawler, 23, on January 6 while working in Breckenridge, a ski resort town in the central Colorado mountains. The tool sent a nail into a piece of wood nearby, but Lawler didn't realize a second nail had shot through his mouth, said his sister, Lisa Metcalse.

    Following the accident, Lawler had what he thought was a minor toothache and blurry vision. On Wednesday, after painkillers and ice didn't ease the pain, he went to a dental office where his wife, Katerina, works.
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  • #2
    How could be NOT know there was a nail in his head? I'm sure he would of felt it going in!

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      • #4

        I was reading about it in the Toronto Star (Subscription) this morning. Lucky guy


        -- "This is the second one we've seen in this hospital where the person was injured by the nail gun and didn't actually realize the nail had been imbedded in their skull," neurosurgeon Sean Markey told KUSA-TV in Denver. "But it's a pretty rare injury."

        Edited to add a link to the story.
        Last edited by Genessee; 2005-01-17, 18:01.


        • #5
          ail embedded in man's skull for 6 days without knowing

          I feel a cold shiver going down my spine *shakes himself*. Just how can one not now that you have a freackin' nail in your head?!?



          • #6
            "If you're going to have a nail in the brain, that's the way you want it to be.' "He's the luckiest guy ever."
            That is the funniest thing that i ever herd!!
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            • #7
              Doctors who removed a 4-inch (10-cm) nail from a Colorado construction worker's skull have left him with huge headache -- a $100,000 hospital bill.

              Patrick Lawler, 23, who was recovering on Tuesday from surgery to remove the nail, said he had no health insurance and would have to find a way to pay the whopping bill after he is released from the hospital this week.

              Lawler walked around with the nail in his skull for six days before seeking medical attention after accidentally shooting himself with a nail gun on a construction site.

              He said he did not realize the pain in his mouth and blurred vision were the result of a nail in his head.

              "We just thought it was like a big contusion or a punch," he told reporters.

              Asked what was going through his mind as he sat in a press conference contemplating the nail, Lawler replied: "a new career."
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              • #8
                Not as bad as this guy



                • #9
                  holy s**t