A factory worker has survived a horror injury after a 4-inch tube shot into his eye and embedded itself in his skull.

The 36-year-old native of Suzhou City in East China’s Jiangsu Province was operating machinery in the factory in Shanghai when the plastic tube - with a metal bolt inside - shot into his right eye.

The object was 2 centimetres (0.8 inches) thick and 10 centimetres (4 inches) long, and it entered his skull at a downward angle, damaging many bones inside his face and causing painful injuries.

After his colleagues and the local fire service rushed him to the Ninth People’s Hospital - affiliated to the Medical School of Shanghai Jiao Tong University - the workman was rushed into surgery to have the tube removed.

Doctors, citing scans, said he had skull, jaw and orbital fractures - but he was alive and conscious.

Because of the area the object was protruding out of, surgeons said they needed to work very carefully and attempt the removal via multiple angles.

The plastic casing was finally removed from his eye, after which his face was packed with gauze to prevent blood loss and then sterilised against infection.

Two days after the surgery, the unnamed man’s vital signs are stable and he has miraculously recovered enough to be moved from the Intensive Care Unit to the general ward.


Author: Chris Tang

Christina Tang is based in Central China and has been working as a reporter exclusively for Asia Wire for the past two years.

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