Saturday, January 21, 2012

Man Shot in Brain, Posts X-ray to Facebook

Gail Glaenzer still can't believe that her fiance unknowingly shot a nail into his skull, let alone that he posted a picture of the X-ray on Facebook during his ambulance ride between hospitals for surgery.

But she was joking about the circumstances Friday, a day after doctors successfully removed the 3.25-inch(8.25-centimeter) nail from Dante Autullo's brain. "Dante says, 'I want it, to make a necklace out of it,'" Glaenzger said. Glaenzer sat Friday in the lobby of Advocate Christ Medical Center, where Autullo, 32, was listed in fair condition in the hospital's intensive care unit. She was still trying to process just how lucky the father of her four children was.  "He feels good. He moved all his limbs, he's talking normal, he remembers everything," said Glaenzer, 33. "It's amazing, a miracle."

Autullo was in his workshop using the nail gun Tuesday when it recoiled near his head, Glaenzer said. He felt what he thought was the point of the gun hit his head. But what really happened was that when the gun came in contact with his head, the sensor recognized a flat surface and fired, she said.
The brain is an amazing organ.  Some parts of it are so essential the slightest damage can be fatal, in other areas you can remove whole chunks and have no apparent effects.  He got lucky and hit one of the spots he wasn't using I guess.  

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