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Teenager survives after 10in blade narrowly misses brain

Surgeons have told a 15-year-old Kansas boy who got a 10in knife embedded in his skull when he fell on it that he was within millimetres of death.

The knife narrowly missed Eli Gregg's brain with the tip pushing against his carotid artery, which supplies the brain with blood.

Eli Gregg’s brain scan
Image: The tip of the blade was pushing against his carotid artery

Dr Koji Ebersole, who oversaw the removal, said: "It could not have had a pound more force on it and him survive that event.

"I don't think he would have survived it."

Eli's mum Russell said her son was playing in the garden on Thursday when she heard him scream.


She found him with the large knife jutting out from just below his eye.

Eli Gregg’s brain scan
Image: Within 24 hours of the surgery, Eli was able to talk

"It looked pretty grim, it was scary," she said.

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Within 24 hours of the surgery, Eli was able to talk and make light of the situation.

His mum added: "He says he is going to stay away from sharp objects."

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