Pencil In Head 15 Years; How Did 24-Year-Old Man Survive? [REPORT]

By Staff Reporter on May 29, 2013 3:12 PM EDT

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A pencil was lodged in a man's head for 15 years. Doctors managed to save the man, who is expected to make a full recovery. (Photo: Creative Commons)

A 24-year-old man from Afghanistan finally discovered a pencil in his head after 15 years. Admitted into the Aachen University Hospital of Germany for treatment in 2011, a scan revealed a 10-centimeter object lodged inside his head.

Despite the pencil in the head, the 24-year-old man managed to fully function. However, according to the man, chronic headaches, constant colds, and worsening vision in his right eye prompted him to seek medical attention at Aachen University Hospital. German doctors realized a pencil remained in his head for 15 years from his sinus to his pharynx. The pencil also injured his right eye socket.

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Oddly, the 24-year-old man, whose name was not released, does not know how a pencil would ever end up in his head for 15 years. That said, the patient vaguely recalls falling badly as a child.

Eventually, the German doctors successfully removed the pencil from the man's head, allowing the 24-year-old to make a full recovery.

Although the incident occurred in 2011, Hospital spokesman Mathias Brandstaedter said the case was presented for the first time at a medical conference this week.

While a pencil to the head is certainly rare, the 24-year-old isn't the only person to have experienced the strange occurrence.

In 2007, a German woman that suffered from nosebleeds and headaches finally had a pencil removed from her head after more than 50 years.

What's more, a New Hampshire baby fell face-first into an orange pencil-crayon earlier this year. The 5-inch pencil-crayon was lodged between the baby girl's right eye and the back of her skull. Thankfully, the doctors managed to save the toddler.

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