Shear luck as man embeds pruning tool in skull and survives

AN 86-year-old American man has survived a gardening accident that left him with a pair of pruning shears impaled through an eye socket deep into his skull.

The handle of the shears penetrated 15 cm into his head and was resting against the carotid artery in his neck.

“It was a bit overwhelming,” said ophthalmologist and plastic surgeon Dr Lynn Polonski.

“It was wedged in there so tightly, you could not move it. It was part of his face.”

The man, Leroy Luetscher, lost his balance and fell face down on the shears which landed point-end down in the ground when he dropped them at his home in Green Valley, Arizona on 30 July.

“It was excruciating. I just can’t tell you how much it hurt… I thank my lucky stars that I’m here,” he told a news conference this week at the University Medical Center, Tucson.

Dr Polonski said the surgical team made incisions