Hometown Tales Podcast

Wednesday, January 19, 2005

4 inch nail in the head? That’s nothing!

Recently in Denver, doctors who removed a 4-inch nail from the skull of construction worker Patrick Lawler. Since he had no insurance, he walked around with the nail in his skull for six days before seeking medical attention after shooting himself with a nail gun.

Patrick meet Phineas Gage.

Gage was a foreman of a Vermont railway construction gang. On September 13, 1848, an accidental explosion propelled a 3’7” (13lbs) iron rod into his head. It came in under his left cheek bone and out through the top of his head, landing about 25 to 30 yards behind him. Destroying part of his left brain, giving him a serious headache and a brand new "fitful, nasty and grossly profane" personality. He managed to get back to work in mid 1948.

So, Patrick, enjoy your millions in workman’s comp, enjoy the tales you’ll tell people as you show off your scar, but remember you weren’t the first.