Get the Lead Out

Here’s lead in your eye (courtesy of Brant Nicholason/Flickr)

At a recent medical conference, doctors from Aachen University Hospital in Aachen, Germany discussed a case about an Afghan man who suffered for years with no clear medical explanation for it.

His malaise included frequent headaches, deteriorating vision and colds, more than most “normal” people experience.

By the time he turned 24—and after living with these issues for more than 15 years—the Afghani finally sought medical help and was immediately sent for an x-ray.

What it revealed would change his life forever and improve his condition almost overnight.

Lodged in a series of cavities behind his right eye was a small, 4-inch pencil. He has no idea where it came from, but suspects it resulted from a terrible fall he took as a child.

Doctors in Aachen removed the misplaced writing implement in 2011 and, as far as I know, the man recovered completely.

Of course, now he uses only crayons. Okay, I made that up, but it is possible!

Posted on May 29, 2013, in Perspectives and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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