Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 23 July 2014

Man, 86, impaled on pruning shears

A scan shows a pair of pruning shears embedded in the head of a man before being removed by surgeons (AP/University Medical Centre)

A man is lucky to be alive, doctors said, after he accidentally impaled himself on pruning shears.

Leroy Luetscher, 86, of Green Valley, Arizona, was working in his garden when he dropped a pair of pruning shears, which landed point-side down in the ground, a spokesman for the University Medical Centre in Tucson said.

When Mr Luetscher went to pick them up, he lost his balance and fell face down on the handle. The handle penetrated his eye socket and went down into his neck, resting on the external carotid artery. Half the shears were left in his head, with the other half sticking out.

Mr Luetscher was taken to the hospital, where surgeons removed the shears and rebuilt his orbital floor with metal mesh, saving his eye.

Doctors said Mr Luetscher still has slight swelling in his eyelids and minor double vision but has otherwise recovered.