Brazilian doctors have successfully removed a 6-foot metal bar from a construction worker’s brain, the Associated Press reported.
Eduardo Leite, 24, was wearing a hard hat Wednesday when the bar plunged five stories, piercing the back of his skull through the hat and exiting between his eyes.
“They told me he was laying down (in the ambulance) with the bar pointing upward,” Leite’s wife, Lilian Regina da Silva Costa, told the AP. “He was holding it and his face was covered in blood. His look was as if nothing had happened. When he arrived he told the doctors he wasn’t feeling anything, no pain, nothing. It’s unbelievable.”
Surgeons at Miguel Couto Hospital in Rio de Janeiro spent five hours removing the bar from Leite’s brain, the AP reported.
“He was taken to the operating room, his skull was opened, they examined the brain and the surgeon decided to pull the metal bar out from the front in the same direction it entered the brain,” Luiz Alexandre Essinger, the hospital’s chief of staff, told the AP. “Today, he continues well, with few complaints for a five-hour-long surgery. … He says he feels little pain.”
Ruy Monteiro, the hospital’s head of neurosurgery, said Leite narrowly escaped the loss of one eye and paralysis on the left side of his body, telling the Globo TV network the bar entered a “noneloquent” area of his brain.
Leite will likely remain hospitalized for at least two weeks, the AP reported.