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Man Drops Pruning Shears, Falls Eyesocket-First Onto Pruning Shears

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Here is how this awful awful gross awful thing happened: an 86-year-old Arizona man dropped his pruning shears, which landed pointy-side down. Bending to pick them up, he lost his balance and went face-first into them.

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The handle went through his eye socket and came to rest in his neck, resting on his carotid artery.

"You wouldn't believe your eyes," said Julie Wynne, a trauma surgeon who was part of the team that operated on Luetscher. "Half of the pruning shears was sticking out and the other half was in his head."

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Modern medicine in action: the man now suffers only from eyelid swelling and minor double vision.

[Reuters XY]

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