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. "We all are friends, so I thought the (dentists) were joking ... then the doctor came out and said 'There's really a nail,"' Katerina Lawler said. "Patrick just broke down. I mean, he had been eating ice cream to help the swelling." He was taken to a suburban Denver hospital, where he underwent a four-hour surgery. The nail had plunged 1 1/2 inches (4 centimeters) into his brain, barely missing his right eye, Metcalse said. "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." Lawler was recovering Sunday in the hospital, where he was expected to spend several more days. Despite his lack of medical insurance and hospital bills between $80,000 and $100,000, Katerina Lawler said her husband is in good spirits. "The doctors said, 'If you're going to have a nail in the brain, that's the way you want it to be,"' she said. "He's the luckiest guy, ever."How the hell don't you notice yourself getting struck by a nail like that?
Whatever he was smoking on the job must be good stuff.
Indeed, now I know it's easy to cut yourself with something sharp and not notice untill you see the excessive amount of blood pouring out, but a nail? How do you miss that?
I'm way cooler than n0e (who isn't though?)
14th April 2004
he gives thick skull a whole new meaning :lol:
your body has its own painkiller, and when in times of shock or extreme injury, your body releases it. obvoiusly when this natural pain killer wore off, because of where the injury was, he still didnt feel anything, my only question is why he did not notice a hole under his mouth??
Jesus is coming look busy
25th January 2004
You really shouldnt chew your nails....
Looking at the x-ray,the nail must have gone in under his chin to end up in that angle. Should have gone through both the skin and the tongue,unless he has jaws like a snake.
THE_UNKNOWN_SOLDIERYou really shouldnt chew your nails....
Der Sturmbannführeryour body has its own painkiller, and when in times of shock or extreme injury, your body releases it.
Yes, endogenous opioids, but that does not explain why he did not notice any swelling, holes, blood etc etc.
It had to have gone through the bottom of his jaw and through his tongue, there must have been some bleeding or some hole in his jaw from where it went in. I know that your body has its own pain killer, but you would atleast feel the hole in the bottom of your jaw?