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Miracle survival of boy speared through throat

Hugo BorbilasHugo Borbilas has a dramatic scar to remember the day he diced with death and won.

On July 2, the five year-old was leaning on the mailbox of his family's Darlington home waiting for a playmate to arrive when he lost his footing and became impaled on the cast-iron fence.

An iron spike plunged five centimetres into his throat, narrowly missing his carotid artery, oesophagus, windpipe, all the major nerves in his neck and throat and just stopping short of his brain.

Doctors say the fall could have killed him instantly. Instead he was able to pull himself off the spike and scream for his mother, Priscilla Boswell, who was inside with her other child, eight-month-old Tom.

The boy was rushed to Royal Prince Alfred Hospital.

"I could put my index finger in the wound right through to the knuckle," pediatric surgeon Vincent Varjavandi said last week.

Hugo underwent a 90-minute operation to explore possible damage in the wound and clean it.

Remarkably, though one of the main arteries in his neck has been permanently blocked by the puncture, he has suffered no other lasting damage.

"I was lucky because I didn't pierce [the artery], but it hurt a lot," he said.

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