The man, who had been working at a construction site, was not wearing protective glasses while using the nail gun.
A team of surgeons removed a 3cm nail from a man’s brain after he accidentally shot a nail gun into her eye.
Sharing details of the strange incident in a medical journal, Malaysian doctors told how an unidentified 30-year-old man temporarily lost his sight.
The man, who had been working at a construction site, He was not wearing protective glasses while using the nail gun.
After the power tool jammed, he looked straight down the barrel of the gun to check it and then downloaded it by mistake.
It missed his left eyeball by millimeters, but still penetrated the front section of his brain, fracturing his eye socket.
Miraculously, the doctors managed to remove the nail completely and they said he was very lucky not to have suffered nerve damage or lost his eye.
Upon arrival at Sultanah Bahiyah Hospital in Alor Setar, on the country’s western coast, the man’s eye was sore, bleeding and swollen.
He was immediately given a tetanus shot, antibiotic drip, and anti-seizure medication.
Doctors found extensive bleeding beneath the surface and in the front chamber of the eye. He also couldn’t see light with his left eye.
X-rays and CT scans of his skull showed that the nail had penetrated the frontal lobe of his brain., a vital area for movement and language. It then caused hemorrhage that spread to neighboring brain regions.
Surprisingly, it had missed vital arteries and nervesavoiding long-term nerve damage.
The man was rushed to surgery, where doctors successfully removed the nail in one piece, Along with the damaged tissue, they stitched the wound and repaired his eyelid. The man spent five days in intensive care before being discharged.
Injuries that penetrate the brain and eyes are medically known as transorbital penetrating intracranial injuries (TOPI).
Studies have shown that the injury can be fatal in a third of cases, even when surgery is performed in time, and increases to more than half (53 percent) when surgery is delayed.
While often life-threatening, many cases of TOPI can be prevented through education and workplace safety measures.
Doctors urged workers to wear appropriate personal protective equipment, including safety glasses and hard hats.