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That's some real self hate there - Possible grimace/wince alert. [Apr. 26th, 2006|12:14 am]
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Suicide try by nail gun ends up medical history


By Andy Dworkin
Published April 25, 2006

PORTLAND, Ore. -- One day last year, a 33-year-old Oregon man picked up a nail gun and put it to his head.

Just what drove him isn't clear. Mental illness, personal problems and methamphetamine all probably played a role.

He fired. And fired again. And again. Twelve times.

Six nails clustered between his right eye and ear. The nailheads caught on the skull, the points pushing into the brain. He shot two nails below his right ear, four more through the left side of his face. At some point, he reloaded: Eight of the nails measured 1 1/2 inches, four had 2-inch shanks.

A day later, he went to a small Oregon hospital. He said he had a headache.

Doctors saw nothing strange at first. None of the nails protruded from the skin, and hair covered most of the wounds. Then they took X-rays.

Astounded, the doctors gave him a tetanus shot and put him on a helicopter to Oregon Health & Science University Hospital in Portland. There, surgeons peeled back his face and removed the nails with pliers and a high-speed drill. Doctors gave the man antibiotics and psychiatric treatment.

Twenty-five days later, he walked out of the hospital a little weak but physically healthy.

Doctors say he is the only person known to have survived after having so many foreign objects embedded in his head.

"At this point, he's made a full recovery," said Dr. G. Alexander West, the neurosurgeon who led the team that pulled out the nails. "This guy was blessed in some way. I mean, that's incredible really."

Because of medical privacy laws, doctors have not identified the man who put 12 finishing nails in his skull. The man declined to publicly discuss his story. But he gave doctors permission to write about the injury and surgery in the current Journal of Neurosurgery.

"This case represents the only known survivor of the largest number of foreign objects [12] ever purposefully penetrated into the skull," they wrote. The previous record was nine, from an attempted nail-gun suicide in Japan.

When he arrived at the hospital last April, the man told doctors that his head still ached, and it hurt when he moved his neck. The right side of his face drooped a little and he had trouble moving his jaw. He called the nail wounds an accident and got hostile when doctors asked just how the accident happened. A psychiatric test showed "poor judgment and insight."

Doctors prescribed antibiotics and started discussing how to take a dozen nails from a man's brain.

Even one nail in the brain can kill a person, West said. But while bullets can kill with sheer energy, with lower-speed nail guns "it's all location," he said.

X-rays showed how strangely lucky this man was. One nail, nearly fatal, went through the neck. "It just missed his brain stem," West said.

Surgeons cut from ear to ear, through the crown of his head, pulling the skin down to see the nailheads. They started with the nail judged least threatening, just below the right ear. With a bone drill, surgeons chipped away bone around the nail until they could grab the head. They pulled it out.

They kept on, drilling bone and pulling nails with pliers.

"Then," West said, "we got the psychologist involved."

West only recently heard the rest of the story, as he wrote the journal article on the surgery.

He phoned the man, who said he had been using meth when he wanted to kill himself.

The man also told West that, months after leaving the hospital, he again tried to kill himself. He wound up in court-ordered treatment. This time, the counseling and rehab took hold. The man said he had been drug-free for more than six months and was putting his life in order.

"It's a work in progress," West said. "You never know."

Copyright © 2006, Chicago Tribune

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[User Picture]From: maudelynn
2006-04-25 10:16 pm (UTC)
sounds like he needed another hole in the head

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[User Picture]From: maudelynn
2006-04-25 10:18 pm (UTC)
perhaps i ought not be so harsh...i am in a mood...
normally i am a bit more compassionate
forgive me ?
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From: (Anonymous)
2006-04-25 10:17 pm (UTC)
good grief that's awful. Just as bad as the woman we flew that drank hydrochloric acid (they resuscitated her 17 times, but of course she did die in the end)
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2006-04-25 10:24 pm (UTC)
What IS Hydrochloric acid?

I didn't know it was possible to be resusciated that many times, I thought your heart would just give out?

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[User Picture]From: theprimrosepath
2006-04-25 10:21 pm (UTC)
So the lesson here is...no nail gun suicide? :)
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2006-04-25 10:27 pm (UTC)
Why yes, my dear!

That is the lesson!

*gives you a sticker*
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From: snoboarder7997
2006-04-25 10:26 pm (UTC)
I'm looking 5 years into the future and see this as the new thing for emo kids rather than cutting their wrists.
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2006-04-25 10:29 pm (UTC)

Can't you just see it as the new form of Russian roulette?

"Hey Mikey! Let's play with my Dad's nail gun in the shed!"

"Okay, Jimmy... first to deal a fatal blow to their brain loses, I guess? And then gets to go to the dance with Lucy?"

"You got it, Mikey!"
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From: snoboarder7997
2006-04-25 10:46 pm (UTC)
He probably said "teehee that tickles!", thus the reason he did it so many times.
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[User Picture]From: megthra
2006-04-25 10:59 pm (UTC)
Wow, that's really strange that he survived without a brain injury or anything... Just... Damn, wow! Someone out there must have not wanted him to die yet.

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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2006-04-26 01:31 pm (UTC)
Seems so!! His poor guardian angel.. trying to guide him where to put the nail so he wouldn't die?
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[User Picture]From: phekkin_nej
2006-04-25 11:12 pm (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2006-04-26 01:33 pm (UTC)
I wouldn't say so.

Fucking idiot, yes.

"Tard"? Not quite. I've never met a mentally or physically handicapped person that would think it was a good idea to shoot themself in the head with a nailgun.
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[User Picture]From: omnifactor
2006-04-25 11:19 pm (UTC)
I work in a theatre scene shop. I've seen these wounds! Half of 'em you don't feel until you see it, the other half...lets just say the howling masked the sound of the ambulance. We have 4 pnuematic nail guns, 6 pneumatic staplers, and at least one pneumatic brad gun. Btw, they call it a GUN for a reason.
if your that far gone....
For a medium to large donation to the theatre in your will...we can not only provide you with the necessary means to end it quickly, but I'll fill out your application to the darwin awards for you.
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2006-04-26 01:34 pm (UTC)
lol! You have an awesome job! Does it pay well? What shows have you done the sets for recently?

And oh dear. Haveyou ever been the recipient of said "HOLYSHITWHATTHEHELLDIDIDO!?!?!" wound?
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[User Picture]From: aongeli
2006-04-26 05:54 am (UTC)
2 Stories...

I had a TD in OUR scene shop, where I work, who knew a guy that had been tip top on a ladder, nailgunned his hand to the wall, and then lost the ladder(it tipped over); I think he was alone at the time, too. Talk about a horror story...

Also, my boyfriend works in the ER, and one of his coworkers said that the freakiest suicide they had ever seen(and this one was successful) was the guy that had used a powerdrill with a drill bit in it to put 9 holes in his skull. Keep in mind here, that while nail guns just require pulling a trigger, drilling holes requires maintaining pressure against your SKULL and the PAIN!!!!

We live in a broken world, full of broken people...
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2006-04-26 01:42 pm (UTC)
We really do. That's sooo, sooo sad. I just don't think that the world had this much sadness in it in the 1700's.. I mean even given plagues, and political and religious atrocities... I don't know. People seemed to have a will to live... where now, the slightest thing seems to drive people to absolute destruction.

-- And HOLY SHIT!!!!!!!!!! Where you working on Jesus Christ Superstar or Godspell?

*and the world GROANS*

Was he all right, btw?
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[User Picture]From: rlaltari
2006-04-26 06:05 am (UTC)
Wow. I could never imagine hurting myself that way. And doctors having to peel back his face..... >_< makes me nauseous.

But, hopefully the article still rings true at the end and he's feeling better about himself and his life and such.

Aw man. Hurting yourself like that....it's so sad. :(

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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2006-04-26 01:43 pm (UTC)
It's really sad. The idea makes me so sick. I don't know... if I was gonna end myself, I'd get myself well acquainted with a couple bottlesof sleeping pills. Not that I say yay to suicide or anything.... but going to sleep has to hurt a lot less then shooting yourself with a nail gun!!!
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2006-04-26 01:51 pm (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: duckfast
2006-04-26 09:31 am (UTC)
I LIVE THERE AND I REMEMBER THAT! it was crazy news coverage. too bad they could never show they guy.
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2006-04-26 01:53 pm (UTC)
Oy. I woulda thrown up. What if you KNEW him in real life, and didn't know you knew him... oh dear?
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[User Picture]From: dao
2006-04-26 11:02 am (UTC)

Living in Portland, OR....

This has been ALL the talk!

At first NO ONE would believe me... then one by one they read the paper. (I had heard it the morning before on NPR.

The thing that makes my skin crawl is the fact that the nails where a different size. This says that he had to stop, reload, and fire again!
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2006-04-26 01:56 pm (UTC)

Re: Living in Portland, OR....

*shudder* HORRORS!

And why would you make that up???!
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From: lostways
2006-04-26 11:34 am (UTC)


NEAT wow that be a great thing to be the nero guys it be like ONE.... 2.....wow 12? ... *looks at man* Eh...takes pictures* neat!
Oh i think i have an idea on where you are in the globe from this random artical hehe i could be wrong though
give ya son a big hug

read him alice in wonder land please =P
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2006-04-26 02:14 pm (UTC)

Re: @_-

It scares me!!!

You think so, huh? :)

And you got it.
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[User Picture]From: poop_on_a_stick
2006-04-26 12:39 pm (UTC)
Cool!!! If i was that guy, i'd release my name and be all proud and stuff, and you -know- there're woman out there that would go for him too.

surgeons peeled back his face Coooooool!!!!

My friend's mom knew a guy that shot himself in the head (through the mouth) and lived...and he's okay....like...nothing wrong with him except the back of his head is fake.
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[User Picture]From: seci
2006-04-26 01:46 pm (UTC)
we had a call like that. walked in and the guy was sitting on the bed with his hands on his face and tons of blood. other than really gross facial injuries, he was okay - shot himself in the mouth, but up...
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