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Doctor drills into boy's head to save his life Answered

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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kelseymh (author)2009-06-17

There's an article in New Scientist about the revival of trepanation.

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berry! (author)2009-05-26

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..

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kelseymh (author)2009-05-20

Woot! Trepanning is alive and well! And here I thought it went out of fashion with cupping and leeches :-)

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okoshima (author)kelseymh2009-05-25

both cupping and leeches still exist (cupping in asia and leeches in asia haha)

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kelseymh (author)kelseymh2009-05-21

Woot (again)! It's always great when my provocative and misleading statements trigger further discussion :-) Thanks, all!

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scoochmaroo (author)kelseymh2009-05-21

I got cupped a couple weeks ago when I injured my shoulder. It was weird!!! In a good way. . .

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sameotoko (author)kelseymh2009-05-20

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

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kelseymh (author)sameotoko2009-05-20

Indeed. And presumably not with a large wooden drill press ;->

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fungus amungus (author)kelseymh2009-05-20

Who said leeches went out of fashion? They're FDA approved!

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Wasagi (author)fungus amungus2009-05-20

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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luvit (author)2009-05-24

i;m glad there;s no instructable on this drilling thing.

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codongolev (author)lemonie2009-05-23

someone at least get that kid a Mohawk.

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lemonie (author)imrobot2009-05-22

Quite, but the school-photo is the sort of thing used when people do die. I thought this one shows the "survived" better. L

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Redfox888888 (author)2009-05-21

Drills can also be used to stir batter... it's always fun to use power tools in cooking: ) : ) : ) : ) : ) : ) : ) : ) : ) : ) : ) : ) : ) : ) : )

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as well as an improvised hole saw!

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Vynash (author)2009-05-21
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static (author)2009-05-21

22 years ago the boy most likely would have died. Drilling a hole through the skull of a head injury patient was though of as madness. Luckily one doctor, and family decide to try it as there was really little to loose, as their child would have died, if the conventional wisdom was followed. The treatment has pioneered has saved many lives I recall the 22 years ago because a friend of mine told me begged the doctors to drill a hole in his daughters skull to relive the pressure, to be told they can because her brain matter would ooze out. The family had to decide to turn of the life support. One of those things I'm aware of that has me often dismiss conventional wisdom and tradition.

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PKTraceur (author)2009-05-20

The one thing that I noticed interesting in this article, Is that you misspelled the title "Doctor drils insto boy's head to save his life"...

Fungus, I think you can spell drill.

( :D )

-PKT

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DJ Radio (author)2009-05-20

The classic surgery of using tools to cut into body parts still exists! Lets hope they sterilized the drill.

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ReCreate (author)DJ Radio2009-05-20

They at least did it to the Bit

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KillerPanda (author)2009-05-20

Dr. Ben Carson is amazing.

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