Man Survives 6 Foot Iron Bar Through Skull

By Amir Khan on August 18, 2012 11:20 AM EDT

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A Brazilian construction worker "miraculously" survived a horrific injury, doctors said (Photo: Miguel Couto Hospital)

A Brazilian construction worker "miraculously" survived a horrific injury, doctors said. The 24year-old Eduardo Leite, was rushed to the hospital on Friday after a 6-foot iron bar fell from the fifth floor of a building and went straight through his hard hat and pierced his skull.

Leite was taken to Miguel Couto Hospital with one end sticking out of his head and the other protruding from between his eyes.

"They told me he was laying down with the bar pointing upward," Leite's wife, Lilian Regina da Silva Costa, said, according to Yahoo News. "He was holding it and his face covered in blood. His look was as if nothing had happened. When he arrived he told the doctors he wasn't feeling anything, no pain, nothing. It's unbelievable."

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Leite underwent hours of surgery, but doctors were eventually able to remove the bar.

"He was taken to the operating room, his skull was opened, they examined the brain and the surgeon decided to pull the metal bar out from the front in the same direction it entered the brain," Luiz Alexandre Essinger, chief of staff at the hospital, told CBS News. "Today, he continues well, with few complaints for a five-hour-long surgery."

Ruy Monteiro, head of neurosurgery at the hospital, said Leite came within a few centimeters of losing an eye and becoming paralyzed on his left side. The bar entered a "non-eloquent" part of the brain, which is an area that doesn't have a specific known function.

Leite is expected to make a full recovery, though he will be hospitalized for at least two weeks.

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