While many have had physically painful experiences in their youth, one toddler gets a pencil stuck in her brain and miraculously survives.
Two-year-old toddler Wren Bowell had a close call with death according to the Huffington Post, as the child ran out of her room to show her parents a drawing, tripped and lodged the pencil she had been carrying over 1.5 inches into her skull. The girl was then rushed to the Frenchay Hospital, where doctors found the pencil had stopped just one millimeter short of a major blood vessel, going through her right eye socket and wedging itself over half an inch into the front lobe of her brain.
According to her father, Martyn Bowell, “The pencil missed her eye completely.” Expanding further on the injury and the potential devastation the family could have faced, Ian Pople, the consultant neurosurgeon who operated on Wren stated, “It was extremely close to having damaged the blood vessel but fortunately she was very lucky and it had not burst the blood vessel, so she did not have a big amount of bleeding in the brain.”
The intensive surgery took doctors four hours, where Martyn Bowell added that the pencil was “stuck so hard that they had to pull part of her face off and take out part of her skull to take out the pencil.”
The accident took place in March, and since then, the girl’s skull has been put back together with biodegradable plastic plates and screws. Thanks to the efforts of the Frenchay Hospital, Wren’s father plans to to raise money for Frenchay Hospital’s children’s unit through a charity bike ride with his brother-in-law, who is fundraising for the hospital’s brain injury unit.
Since the incident, the parents of Wren state that she is doing fine and doctors see no reason why the child cannot make a full recovery without any long term effects.
Toddler Gets a Pencil Stuck in Her Brain and Survives.