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US man survives pruning shears in eye socket
修枝剪刺穿眼窩 美國老翁奇蹟生還

This image provided by the University Medical Center in Tucson, Arizona shows the X-ray of Leroy Luetscher, 86, who was accidentally impaled through his eye socket with pruning shears at his home on July 30.

Photo: AFP

An 86-year-old American has made a stunning recovery after a gardening accident left him with a pair of pruning shears impaled through an eye socket deep into his skull.

Leroy Luetscher lost his balance and fell face-down on the shears, which had landed point-end down in the ground when he dropped them at his home in Green Valley, Arizona.

“It was excruciating. I just can’t tell you how much it hurt ... I thank my lucky stars that I’m here,” he told a news conference at the University Medical Center in Tucson.

An X-ray released by the hospital shows the garden implement impaled through his right eye, with the handle stuck 15cm down inside his skull.

But all that remains of the July 30 accident is some slight swelling of his upper and lower lids and minor double vision in the affected eye, said Dr. Lynn Polonski, one of the surgeons who operated on him.

“You just wonder how the handle of the pruning shears got there. The handle was actually resting on the external carotid artery in his neck,” Polonski said.

“We decided we could safely remove the pruning shears. We are so happy that Mr. Luetscher did not lose his eye or any vital structures,” said the doctor, a clinical assistant professor of ophthalmology.

Trauma surgeon Julie Wynne described how, after removing the shears, she and other doctors rebuilt the socket with metal mesh and saved the octogenarian’s eye.

“You wouldn’t believe your eyes ... Half of the pruning shears was sticking out and the other half was in his head,” she said.

Luetscher’s girlfriend Arpy Williams, who called 911 after the accident, said: “I was just shocked. There was blood all over ... I saw this instrument in his face, and I just said ‘Leroy honey, what have you done?’”



1. implement n.

工具 (gong1 ju4)

例: The sharp-edged implement is used for cutting metal.


2. remain v.

留下;剩下 (iu2 xia4; sheng4 xia4)

例: The remaining questions must be answered in order to complete the questionnaire.


3. vital adj.

重要的 (zhong4 yao4 de5)

例: Some of his vital organs are no longer functioning properly.













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