The Doctors: 20-Month-Old Survives Pencil Through Brain
Kids are always getting into things they shouldn’t, but this next story from The Doctors is an extreme case with (thankfully) a very happy ending. While playing, a 20-month-old toddler fell onto a sharp pencil that penetrated her brain. The pencil traveled through her right eye socket and lodged into the left hemisphere of her brain. It took doctors three hours of surgery to remove the pencil and, unbelievably, the little girl survived completely unscathed.
Dr. Andrew Ordon explained just how lucky this little girl was. The pencil missed her eyeball, and while it did enter her brain, it missed touching any sensitive areas that could have resulted in major damage. What’s important in this story is that her parents took their daughter to the hospital instead of trying to pull the pencil out themselves. In a similar situation, you should NEVER attempt to remove something without a doctor.
Many people have suffered far less serious injuries from sharp pencils; even Dr. Travis Stork has a small piece of lead stuck in his hand. The good news is that pencils are no longer made with lead, but we should still be extremely careful around them. Hear more on this incredible story in the video below.
The Drs: Licoma Removal Procedure
The Doctors then spoke with Barb, who is in best shape of her life at the age of 47. However, she has a large bulge on her back that she’d like to get rid of. Dr. Ordon enlisted the help of cosmetic dermatologist Dr. Sandra Lee to help her out.
Dr. Lee explained that Barb had a benign soft issue tumor, licoma, which is very common. It’s not necessary to remove the tumors, because they are completely harmless, but they can be removed for cosmetic purposes.
It’s important to visit a doctor if you have a similar bulge, but it’s firm, growing or has some sort of discharge. These are signs of a more serious problem. Lucky for Barb, her licoma removal was extremely simple (although pretty gross). With a small incision, Dr. Lee removed the licoma within seconds. After a few stitches, Barb was as good as new.