Teenager Survives Metal Pole Through The Head
A teenager in India has miraculously survived being skewered through the head by a metal pole in a bus crash.
The four foot long safety rail cracked through 18-year-old Manish Rajpurohit's forehead and came out through the base of his skull, missing his spine by millimetres.
The accident, which left the teenager pinned to his seat, happened when a lorry crashed into the bus he was travelling in the Indian state of Andrha Pradesh. He said: "It struck my head and embedded me into the seat. "I was stuck there crying 'Help me!’ as loud as I could."
Manish, a student, was forced to slide his head along the rod to give enough room for rescuers to cut him free from the seat. He then had to walk along the bus with the pole still sticking through his head, before enduing an hour-long trip to hospital in a three-wheeled rickshaw.
He finally arrived at the nearest hospital, only to be told that doctors there could not help him.
He was then taken by ambulance to a private hospital in Bangalore, three hours away, where surgeons were able to carefully remove the rod.
Dr Sharan Patil said: "The first thing he said to me was 'Get this bloody thing out of my head'. "It's remarkable. It missed every vital part of his brain."
After surviving the initial injury in February this year, Manish suffered a near-fatal brain infection, but has now fully recovered.
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