Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Man Impaled By Metal Pole Through Head Survives

Last Thanksgiving, Andrew Linn was visiting family in Las Vegas when he fell asleep at the wheel and drove into a yard and through a chain-link fence. A 2-inch diameter metal pole fastened atop the fence broke through the windshield. Rescuers had to cut the pole to get him out of the car and into an ambulance. He couldn't lie down because of the pole, so he sat up on the ride to the hospital and through his initial surgery.
Emergency responders said Linn was conscious when they arrived, and was even trying to use his cell phone to call for help. On Tuesday, Linn, who is an Iraq War veteran, was reunited with the doctor who helped save his life during a University Medical Center trauma unit survivors' lunch. "It was amazing to see someone with a pipe through his face like that (who) was alive," said Dr. Jay Coates, associate professor of UMC surgery. "Let alone someone who was awake and alert and trying to communicate with us." Linn's wife, Melanie, said she has no doubt her family is blessed. "We had one doctor say, 'I could not have surgically placed that pipe in there that way to do that. I don't know how that happened,'" she said. "So we just know there was someone looking out for him." Once the pipe was removed, Linn was left with scars, missing teeth and a destroyed palate. But he said he's grateful for his doctors, who he said pulled off a miracle. "It's a real humbling experience," he said. "To think I lived through this. I should have died."
Truly remarkable.
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