Brazil Survival News
RIO DE JANEIRO – A construction worker in Rio de Janeiro survived after a two-meter length of rebar pierced his skull Wednesday morning, reported online media. The metal bar, used in construction, fell from the fifth floor of a building, entering the victim’s parietal lobe (back of the head) and exiting through one of his eyes.
Rebar Pierces Worker’s Skull
The accident occurred at a building site in Botafogo, in the South Zone of Rio. Rescue workers rushed the 24-year-old victim to Hospital Miguel Couto’s Trauma Center in Gavea, also in the South Zone, where surgeons treated him.
According to the trauma team, despite the fact that the rebar reached the victim’s brain, they expect him to make a full recovery. The tomographic images released by the hospital are graphic and seem to show injuries a layperson might believe would be deadly.
The unnamed patient arrived at the hospital at around 11 a.m. Wednesday fully conscious. It took doctors five hours to remove the steel bar. Doctors repaired the man’s eyes and brain. The victim remains in stable condition. The hospital publicized the case Thursday.
Rebar, short for reinforcing bar, is a steel bar used in concrete and masonry structures.