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    Default CConstruction worker survives drill through head

    This guy should go out and play the lottery, because he is very lucky.

    BTW how would you handle this call?



    TRUCKEE, California (AP) -- Ron Hunt's friends have good reason to call him the "Miracle Man."

    The construction worker lost an eye but survived a freak accident without brain damage after falling from a ladder and onto an 18-inch-long drill bit that impaled his skull.

    "I'm very fortunate I'm not paralyzed or dead," the 41-year-old electrician said Friday.

    The 1.5-inch diameter chip auger drill bit was still in his head when his brother, Chris Hunt, and nephew, Ben, met him in a hospital emergency room in Reno, Nevada.

    While drilling above his head on August 15, the six-foot ladder Ron Hunt was standing on started to wobble so he tossed the drill aside -- as construction workers are trained to do.

    But he fell off the ladder face-first and onto the drill.

    "I ran my hands up the drill bit, up to my eye, and put my other hand in the back of my head and felt it coming through the back of my head," he said. "And that's where pretty much the shock set in."

    Doctors said the drill bit pushed his brain aside rather than pushing into it, which likely would have caused serious brain damage or death. After weighing their options, doctors essentially unscrewed the bit to remove it.

    His nephew thinks he'll be able to laugh about it someday.

    "It's just going to be one of those stories," Ben Hunt said. "He'll joke around with his glass eye and pop it out."

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    First, I'd hurl. It's my one weakness...I can't stand eye injuries!

    Second, unchuck the bit, dress wounds on either side, transport.

    Third, assign a probie to go throw sand over my vomit...

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    I saw that story on the news yesterday and my jaw absolutely hit the floor.

    As for handling it, after I picked up my jaw, I'd call for the helicopter and stabilize the drill bit. Start a couple of IVs, put him on the monitor, and set him up on a NRB to hyperoxygenate the brain tissue to prevent swelling. Along the way I'll say a good prayer for the boy too.
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    WOW, that's all I got to say about that!

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    Someone was definately watching out for him!!!

    I heard about a similar incident of a guy who was up on a roof installing shingles and his buddy turned around with the air nailer in hand and popped him in the head. It litterally nailed his hooded sweatshirt to his head. The nail was removed at the hospital, and he was stiched up and sent home. No other injury... absolutley amazing!

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