Giant needle went through man’s eye, piercing his brain
Dublin Coroner’s Court today heard that 61-year-old Brian Pimley died after a ‘giant sewing needle’ pierced his brain through his eye.
Mr Pimley, an upholsterer with forty years’ experience, had been working on a chair in his workshop when the accident happened on the 8th of April 2014.
“He was fixing a spring on a chair, he was using a long thin needle to remove staples from the chair,” his wife Helen Pimley told the court.
The Irish Independent reports that Mr Pimley had been using a large ‘button needle’ which was described as being like a giant sewing needle by Mr Pimley’s sister Rita.
Mr Pimley, of Dublin Road, Tyrrellspass, Co Westmeath, was using the needle for a purpose it was not designed.
Button Needle (Pic: Amazon)
“I noticed his tea going cold so I went out and saw him lying on the floor. I thought he’d had a heart attack,” said Mrs Pimley, adding that her husband was able to tell her what had happened.
“His exact words were, 'I stuck a needle in my eye, then fell backwards and heard a crack',” she told the court.
Advance paramedic John Marshall said that Mr Pimley “had swelling to the left side of his face. His left eye was swollen shut.”
The father of four was initially rushed to Tullamore Hospital before being transferred to Beaumont Hospital, where he died 24-hours later.
Neurosurgeon David O’Brien said Mr Pimley had sustained a severe penetrating ocular cerebral injury and that a CT scan revealed serious intra-cranial bleeding.
The inquest heard the button needle had pierced the deceased’s brain through his eye.
Pathologist Dr Michael Farrell noted an exit wound to the rear of the brain during the post-mortem.
The inquest heard the needle went through Mr Pimley’s brain to the back of his head.
The cause of death was fatal hemorrhage as a result of the injury.
The jury returned a verdict of accidental death.