Man shoots nail into brain without noticing

Nail in Brain
Nail in Brain

A suburban Chicago man accidentally shot a 3.25in (8.25cm) nail into his skull but is recovering after doctors successfully removed it from the centre of his brain.

Dante Autullo, 34, was in his workshop when a nail gun recoiled near his head.

But he had no idea the nail had entered his brain until the next day, when he began feeling nauseous.

I’d like to know how he managed to shoot himself in the back of the head with a heavy nail gun. The whole story sounds strange, to me. Or were the nails loaded back to front, and he shot himself through the forehead? Is that possible? Mr Holmes, please!

Photo by Associated Press: The x-ray of a nail embedded in Dante Autullo’s brain 20 January 2012. Dante Autullo took the opportunity to post his x-ray to Facebook in the ambulance between hospitals. Story: BBC News