Metal fragments through a baby’s skull

QUANG NINH The 3-year-old was taken to Quang Ninh General Hospital in a deep coma, the wound in the temporal area was about 1cm deep.

X-ray images taken on November 17 show that a circular metal object passed through the skull from the forehead to the back of the pediatric patient, and severely smothered severe brain parenchymal bleeding. Doctors specialized in chiropractors, general anesthesia, imaging, pediatric consultation, and emergency surgical coordination.

The emergency crew opened half of the skull, removed hematoma from the epidural membrane, removed metal fragments from the baby’s brain, and formed a meninges before placing the drain. The half-opened skull bone is sent to the tissue bank for nourishment and will be re-implanted after the damaged brain is restored.

The patient regained consciousness and recovered positively after 3 days of deep coma. Currently, his health progressed significantly but his left side was slightly paralyzed. Family members said that while the child was playing, he was shot with a toy metal shard in the head.

Dr. Nguyen Tien Dung, Head of the Unit of Neurosurgery, said this was a rare accident, seriously injured patients, if not emergency surgery in time will be dangerous to life. Many cases are forced to accept foreign objects in the skull because of the risk of blood loss as well as affecting the surrounding important brain areas.

Doctors recommend that parents need to help children be aware of the dangers, away from highly damaging objects and games. Adults do not use homemade guns, air guns, sharp metal weapons, or keep the items within reach of children. If an accident occurs, the family should quickly transfer the victim to the nearest medical facility for emergency assistance and timely treatment.

Dr. Nguyen Tien Dung, Head of the Unit of Neurosurgery, said this was a rare accident, seriously injured patients, if not emergency surgery in time will be dangerous to life. Many cases are forced to accept foreign objects in the skull because of the risk of blood loss as well as affecting the surrounding important brain areas.

Doctors recommend that parents need to help children be aware of the dangers, away from highly damaging objects and games. Adults do not use homemade guns, air guns, sharp metal weapons, or keep the items within reach of children. If an accident occurs, the family should quickly transfer the victim to the nearest medical facility for emergency assistance and timely treatment