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A pain in the brain 頭痛

A computer tomography picture shows a pencil inside a woman's head, Aug. 7, 2007. 八月七日的電腦斷層掃描圖片顯示一枝鉛筆插在一位婦人的腦部內。

PHOTO: AP

The picture shows a computer X-ray of a German woman's head. Can you see the pencil?

Margaret Wegner, 55, fell over when she was 4 years old. She was carrying a pencil. When she fell, the 8cm long pencil went through her cheek and into her brain. "It hurt like crazy," said Wegner.

At the time, 55 years ago, doctors didn't have the technology to safely remove the pencil. So Wegner had to live with the pencil in her head. It caused her to have bad headaches and nosebleeds.

Earlier this month a doctor in Berlin used new technology to find out exactly where the pencil was. He was finally able to remove most of the pencil. There is still a 2cm long piece of pencil left in Wegner's brain, but the doctor said that it isn't dangerous.(Staff Writer with AP)

圖片顯示一名德國婦人頭部的電腦X光片。你可以看到鉛筆嗎?

現年五十五歲的瑪格莉特.維格納在她四歲時跌倒。當時她拿著一支鉛筆。當她跌倒時,八公分長的鉛筆穿透她的臉頰並插入她的腦部。維格納說:「當時痛死了。」

在五十五年前的當下,醫生沒有安全取出鉛筆的技術。因此,維格納只好讓鉛筆留在腦內與她共生。這讓她出現嚴重的頭痛與流鼻血症狀。

這個月初,一位在柏林的醫生利用新科技找出鉛筆在腦部的確切位置。他最後能夠取出大部分的鉛筆。還有兩公分長的鉛筆殘留在維格納的腦部,不過醫生說這不至於造成危險。(美聯社╱翻譯:林亞蒂)

TODAY'S WORDS 今日單字

1. technology n.

科技 (ke1 ji4)

例: I don't understand most new technology.

(我不了解大部分的新科技。)

2. headache n.

頭痛 (tou2 tong4)

例: I have a really bad headache.

(我頭痛得很厲害。)

3. nosebleed n.

流鼻血 (liu2 bi2 xie3)

例: I had a bad nosebleed yesterday.

(我昨天流鼻血很嚴重。)

4. remove v.t./v.i.

移除 (yi2 chu2)

例: Please remove your feet from the chair. (請將你的腳從椅子上移開。)


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