Tuesday, August 7, 2007

Pencil logde in head removed after 55 years

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Margret Wengner, a 59-year-old German woman has had most of a pencil removed from inside her head after it became lodged in her skull after a childhood accident when she was four.

For her whole life, she has suffered from headaches and nosebleeds it caused, Bild newspaper reported on Monday.

When Margret Wegner saw the bran scan picture of the pencil, snapped in two places, she suddenly recalled a childhood accident when she was just a four-year-old in her home town of Dessau.

"I remember tripping over and the pencil I was holding disappeared," Wegner said.

"I had a pain in my head. The pencil, it seems, went right through my skin - and bored straight into my skull," she added.

The pencil narrowly missed a vital artery and nerve endings in her brain. At the time no one dared operate, but now technology has improved sufficiently for doctors to be able to remove it.

The majority of the pencil, some 8cm long, was taken out in an operation at a private Berlin clinic, but the 2cm tip remains.

It has been overgrown by nerves and blood cells which would be too dangerous to cut through. Link

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