Man survives staple gun injury to the head

Published: Nov. 25, 2011 at 5:18 PM EST|Updated: Nov. 27, 2011 at 2:00 AM EST
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DALLAS (KTXA/CNN) - A construction worker is on the mend after a three-inch metal staple penetrated his skull.

Shaun Hunter, 27, has two holes in his head, but lived to tell the story of a bizarre work site accident that happened when a co-worker's staple gun accidentally triggered.

The staples pierced the frontal lobe of Hunter's head, an injury, if not deadly, potentially paralyzing neurologically.

Miraculously, Hunter's only pain came after the surgery to remove the staple.

"I would say I'm just lucky. God was looking out for me. That and a good doctor," he said.

No blood vessels were perforated and there has been no impact to his brain. While doctors have seen similar injuries, they say they haven't seen such a good outcome.

"I've seen it, but not to the extent of a patient doing so well. This young man had no neurological defects, other than the headaches," said Dr. Fernando Silva, neurosurgeon.

Hunter is set to return back to work in a month.

"I think I'm pretty lucky, I'm thankful to be here," he said.

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