Teen Impaled with Large Knife

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A team of surgeons at The University of Kansas Hospital remove a 10-inch blade from the face of a 15-year-old boy.

Eli Gregg had been playing in the yard when the accident happened. The team, headed by endovascular neurosurgeon Dr. Koji Ebersole, put together the strategic plan to remove the knife that was resting on Eli’s carotid artery. Surgeons were able to pull the knife out while avoiding any bleeding into the brain. Eli left the hospital four days later with a small scar on his face and is on his way to a full recovery. 

The video includes interviews from Dr. Koji Ebersole, Director of Endovascular Neurosurgery, Dr. Jeremy Peterson, Neurosurgery Chief Resident, Eli Gregg, 15-year-old impaled with knife, Jimmy Russell, Eli’s mother. Also in the video, Dr. Ebersole explains how the blade was removed with the imagery taken during the procedure, as well as pictures of Eli prior to the accident.