Americas & Beyond
|Knife Removed from Brazil Man's Head After 3 Years|
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September 24, 2010
Sao Paulo — A man in northeastern Brazil is recovering after surgeons removed a 4-inch (10-centimeter) blade that had been stuck in his head for three years following a bar fight.
|Edeilson Manoel do Nascimento holds an X-ray showing a knife that was inside his head at the Hospital das Clinicas in Recife, Pernambuco state, Brazil, Thursday, Sept. 23, 2010. Nascimento is recovering nicely after a team of surgeons removed the 4-inch knife that had remained stuck in his head for three years after a bar fight. (AP/Helia Scheppa/JC Imagem)|
Edeilson Nascimento, a 29-year-old tire repairman, tells reporters Friday he is feeling great after the three-hour surgery earlier this week.
He is expected to be released from a hospital in the city of Recife next week.
Nascimento says he got into a bar fight in 2007 and was attacked by assailants when he returned home.
At the time, doctors only removed the knife handle, fearing that pulling the blade from his head would cause brain damage.
But three years of intense headaches led Nascimento to take a chance on the surgery.