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Doctors Remove Eight-Centimeter Long Nail Following Bizarre Suicide Attempt

Posted Oct 02 2008 6:15pm

Surgeons at a hospital in Meerut, India successfully removed an eight-centimeter-long nail from the skull of a 24-year old patient following an apparent suicide attempt. The patient had reportedly been suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder after witnessing a fire in 2005 that had killed more than 50 people. After seeing the charred bodies he had expressed a desire to die as well. “He had earlier attempted suicide by consuming poison,” said his father, a local resident. On the evening of July 22, he had rammed the rusted nail into his skull using a wooden board lying in the bathroom and then went to bed assuming that he would die in his sleep. The family saw the nail sticking out of his skull on the following morning when he came down to the ground floor.

After being rushed to Lala Lajpat Rai Medical College, doctors operated upon him and removed the nail. Pradeep Bharti, head of the neurosurgery department at the hospital, said: “The nail damaged certain parts of the youth’s brain. The operation was performed successfully. A team of eight medical and paramedical professionals took two and a half hours to take out the nail. The youth is fully conscious and well, but we are keeping him under observation.” Sona Kaushal Bharti, a psychiatrist, said the patient was under treatment of psychologists but did not receive counseling after he went into depression in 2005.

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