A five-year-old boy who underwent emergency surgery on Tuesday to remove a 45-centimeter-long steel bar from his brain is doing well following operation, according to doctors from Shanghai No.10 People’s Hospital.
Shanghai Daily reported earlier this week that the boy from Zhejiang province was rushed to Shanghai after being pierced in the skull by a steel bar that fell from above as he was playing at a construction site in his hometown of Jiaxing.
“About 15cm of the bar entered the boy’s brain, leaving about 30cm protruding through his head,” the chief surgeon Dr. Gao Liang said.
The three-hour operation to remove the bar went “smoothly”, but the child remained in critical condition.
“The first three days are critical due to the risk of infection,” chief surgeon Dr Gao Liang had said.
“We can’t say how well the boy will recover, but we know his brain has been damaged.”
The boy regained consciousness on Wednesday and will be transferred from intensive care to a regular ward within the next day or two.