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Brazilian man harpoons himself in the head, survives

Thursday, April 25, 2013 - 00:27

April 25 - Bruno Coutinho of Petropolis, Brazil survives shooting a harpoon about 6 inches (15 cm) into his skull while cleaning a speargun. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: A Brazilian man is lucky to be alive after he accidentally shot himself through the eye with a speargun, lodging a harpoon in his skull for hours before doctors where able to successfully extract the object. Bruno Coutinho was cleaning his harpoon gun at home on April 14 when he accidentally triggered the apparatus, sending a 15 centimeter (6-inch) harpoon through his left eye and into his cranium. X-rays showed the instrument passing through the man's eye straight through to the back of his skull. Somehow, after the accident, Coutinho was coherent and managed to call for help and was taken to Santa Teresa hospital. It took surgeons four hours and two surgeries to remove the harpoon which had been stuck in Coutinho's head for more than 10 hours. Coutinho has remained in the intensive care unit, but is expected to be released in coming days.

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Brazilian man harpoons himself in the head, survives

Thursday, April 25, 2013 - 00:27