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Boy survives being impaled through skull by meat skewer

The Associated Press
Posted: Sep. 12, 2018 7:00 am Updated: Sep. 12, 2018 7:32 am

HARRISONVILLE, Mo. (AP) A Missouri boy is recovering after he tumbled from a tree house and was impaled through the skull by a meat skewer.

The Kansas City Star reports that 10-year-old Xavier Cunningham, of Harrisonville, landed on the skewer Saturday afternoon while trying to escape from a group of attacking yellow jacket insects. His mother, Gabrielle Miller, says she went running when she heard screaming. The skewer had pierced her son's face, penetrating his skull all the way to the back of his head.

The University of Kansas Health System's endovascular neurosurgery director, Koji Ebersole, says, "You couldn't draw it up any better." The skewer spared Xavier's eye, brain and spinal cord and missed major blood vessels.

Doctors were able to remover the skewer Sunday and believe Xavier could recover completely.


Information from: The Kansas City Star,

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