VIDEO: Lawnmower shoots metal wire up man’s nose and into his head
34-year-old Bill Parker is lucky to be alive after a wire, as thick as a heavy-duty nail, was flung up his nose and embedded in his sinus cavity just beneath his eye socket.
"At first I thought a rock had flew out and hit me and struck me in the face," he told the Sun Herald.
"It threw me back a little bit and it hurt real bad. I felt my face but I didn't feel any disfiguring or anything.
"I saw blood, so I knew I got a bloody nose."
X-Ray of Bill's head
Bill and his fiancée Katie Heggins went to the hospital expecting it to be an in-and-out visit, but quickly realised something was wrong when they began to hook Bill to an IV.
"At first I thought it would be an in-out thing and they'd give me some aspirin and tell me to sleep it off," he said.
"They started hooking things up to me, like an IV and heart monitor, and I started realizing things were getting a little more serious."
"Several doctors were completely amazed at what had happened to me and stressed how lucky I really am. The metal had somehow made its way through a tangle of really important nerves and arteries and finally rested about a millimetre from both carotid artery and my jugular vein,” Bill wrote on Facebook.
"Guess it just wasn't my time yet."
Dr. Timothy Haffey who removed the wire said, "When I heard the story over the phone, I thought, 'I don't really believe it.”
"It was about a 9-centimetres-long, rusty piece of metal that went all the way up to his skull base, and it pretty much dodged everything."
He said he made an incision on the upper lip and could see the metal. The surgery to remove it took about 20 minutes.
"He shouldn't have any long-term effects," Dr Haffey said.
"Basically, it was a sinus surgery. The problem is this was a rusty piece of metal."
Bill Parker is taking antibiotics to thwart infection, and the wire was sent to a pathology lab.