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Toddler Survives Pencil Piercing Her Brain

pencil in the brainI remember it like it was yesterday. It was many years ago and I was a second grader. A boy was sharpening his pencil (remember those pre-electric sharpener days?). After sharpening it, he threw it across the room and it landed directly in my leg. It bled, I cried and still to this day – some 28 years later I have a slight grey dot from where the pencil landed.

That said, it was just a small puncture to the leg. It’s not like I was stabbed in the brain with a pencil. EEK, the thought of that, right? Well the tragedy of a pencil piercing your brain is exactly what a New Boston, New Hampshire 20-month old toddler named Olivia Smith experienced.

She Fell Off a Reclining Chair

Olivia fell off a reclining chair onto the end of a colored pencil that pierced her eye and lodged into her brain. This was a full length colored pencil. – about 5 inches long!

The sweet girl had more than 50 doctors and specialists handling her case and after a 45 minute procedure a doctor slowly and carefully pulled the pencil out.

My little bitty tiny mark from the pencil that still remains on my white pastey legs – BLAH BLAH BLAH! This girl is one tough cookie. Me, I’m just a weak extra white girl who remember stupid things about the tiniest scars.

How lucky is this little girl? VERY. This pencil went through her brain missing every major blood vessel and critical areas of her brain. While she did suffer three stroke as a result of the injury, Olivia is at home doing well. Each day she is doing better. She is on the road to a full recovery.

This is one of those freak things that well…. FREAKS me out. Innocent unpreventable event. Thank God Olivia is alright.

Read more about this story on Huffington Post.

Image source: Huffington Post

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