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Harpoon Lodges In Man's Head While He's Cleaning Speargun

3:12 PM, Apr 25, 2013   |    comments
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Brazil-- A Brazilian man is lucky to be alive after he accidentally shot himself through the eye with a speargun, lodging a harpoon in his skull for hours.

Doctors where able to successfully extract the object.

Bruno Coutinho said he was cleaning his harpoon gun at home on April 14 when he accidentally triggered the apparatus, sending a 6-inch harpoon through his left eye and into his cranium. X-rays showed the instrument passing through the man's eye straight through to the back of his skull.

Somehow, after the accident, Coutinho was coherent and managed to call for help and was taken to Santa Teresa hospital. It took surgeons four hours and two surgeries to remove the harpoon which had been stuck in Coutinho's head for more than 10 hours.

Coutinho has remained in the intensive care unit, but is expected to be released in coming days.

Sources: Reuters, Gannett News Service

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