Trip to dentist like nail in head



A DENTIST found the source of Patrick Lawler’s toothache: A 10-cm nail the construction worker had unknowingly embedded in his skull six days earlier. A nail gun backfired on Lawler, 23, on Jan. 6 while working in Breckenridge, Colo. The tool sent a nail into a piece of wood nearby, but he didn’t realize a second nail had shot through his mouth.

Lawler then had what he thought was a toothache. On Wednesday, after painkillers and ice didn’t ease the pain, he went to a dentist.

Lawler broke down when he heard the news.

He was taken to hospital for surgery. The nail had plunged 4 cm into his brain, barely missing his right eye.

“The doctors said, ‘If you’re going to have a nail in the brain, that’s the way you want it to be,’ ” his sister, Lisa Metcalse, said. “He’s the luckiest guy, ever.”

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