Mar 12, 2009 | 3
The nineteenth century had Phineas Gage, the hapless railway worker who survived (supposedly sans original personality) an accident in which a metal spike drove through his skull. Today, we have Mihir Kumar, a six-year-old boy, who reportedly survived after a metal pole fully pierced his torso. London's Daily Mail reports that after the child's lucky, unlucky fall from a roof in Ranchi, India, doctors at the Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences in nearby Bariatu successfully removed the rod earlier today.
"Could it have been safely removed and have a surviving child? It's possible," says Jeremy Aidlen, assistant professor of surgery and pediatrics at Brown University's Warren Alpert Medical School in Providence, R.I.
Feb 20, 2009 | 3
Charla Nash, the woman who was badly disfigured when she was attacked by her friend’s pet chimp earlier this week, has been transferred to the Cleveland Clinic, which specializes in reconstructive surgery.
Nash, 55, was flown there yesterday after four teams of surgeons at Stamford Hospital in Connecticut stabilized her following Monday’s attack, the Associated Press reports. Officials at the Cleveland Clinic aren’t saying what the next step is in her care, other than that she’s being evaluated by a head and neck surgeon.
Paramedics who treated Nash described a gruesome set of injuries, telling the AP that the 200-pound pet chimp, Travis, badly wounded her eyes, ripped out her hair and left her mouth bleeding. She still had her nose, they said, but her hands had machine-like, “crushing” and “tearing” wounds. (Read more about what may have set off the pet chimp, Travis, in our Ask the Experts column on why chimps attack humans.)
Oct 15, 2008
Lots of surgeons listen to music in the operating room. And it may even help some patients. At least that’s what New York Times reporter Daniel Wakin concluded from what must have been a very rigorous review of the medical literature two years ago. (One wonders what he listened to while writing.)
But if you don’t like your surgeon’s choice of tunes, you can bring the musical entertainment yourself. That’s what professional bluegrass musician Eddie Adcock did when he went in for brain surgery.
Adcock needed the operation to stop hand tremors that could have hurt his banjo career, reports ABC News. Doctors at Nashville’s Vanderbilt Medical Center implanted electrodes to quiet the brain cells that caused trembling in his hands.
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