An elderly woman in Sichuan arrived at the hospital last Friday with a pair of pliers lodged in her skull.
The victim, 58-year-old Wang Youfang, was walking with her granddaughter out of the back gate of her apartment community, when the pair of pliers fell from a 31-story building and nailed her, right in the head. She was still conscious as onlookers called for an ambulance, Chengdu Business Daily reports.
Due to the incredible severity of her injury, two inter-hospital transfers were made before she was placed into one qualified to operate on her skull. The pliers were stuck in her brain, 15 cm deep, for roughly 14 hours before surgeons were finally able to remove them.
Police are investigating the case and a suspect has been placed into custody. A report suggests that a renovation project in the building was to blame for the incident.
According to the most recent updates, the woman remains unconscious. Reports also quote doctors as saying that she will be at a high risk of infection for the next two weeks, since the pliers were dirty and her wound was too deep to clean.
In the past, people have survived skull-penetrating injuries caused by accident, anger and play, but none of them can compare to this.
By Victor Fung
[Images via Chengdu Business Daily]