Doctor drills into boy's head to save his life

The regular household drill is a wonderful thing. It can be used for drilling holes in wood, scrambling eggs, and even drilling into a boy's skull to drain it of blood clots. Yikes!

Dr Rob Carson performed the procedure on Nicholas Rossi, 13, after the boy fell off his bike and hit his head.

The doctor had never attempted the surgery before, and had to be talked through the operation by a Melbourne neurosurgeon.

The boy's father said the doctor's improvisation had saved his son's life.

But Dr Carson told reporters: "It's not a personal achievement, it is just a part of the job."


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kelseymh8 years ago
There's an article in New Scientist about the revival of trepanation.
berry!8 years ago
I agree with codongolev , that kid needs a mohawk. hey, if you're kiwi (from New Zealand), you'd know all about no.8 wire. it's what we use for farm fences. They used it to hold some guy's skull together. heh heh heh i love it. good old no.8 wire. for cows, horses, skulls..
kelseymh8 years ago
Woot! Trepanning is alive and well! And here I thought it went out of fashion with cupping and leeches :-)

both cupping and leeches still exist (cupping in asia and leeches in asia haha)
Woot (again)! It's always great when my provocative and misleading statements trigger further discussion :-) Thanks, all!
I got cupped a couple weeks ago when I injured my shoulder. It was weird!!! In a good way. . .
Trepanation is performed every day all over the world to relieve intrcranial pressure in cases of brain edema or intracranial bleeding, just not to let the evl spirits out of your head any more
Indeed. And presumably not with a large wooden drill press ;->
fungus amungus (author)  kelseymh8 years ago
Who said leeches went out of fashion? They're FDA approved!
Yeah, plus, most hospitals use them to save fingers or toes if they get severed. The leech sucks the blood from the appendage, the appendage accepts blood from the body.
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