Girl, 11, rushed to hospital with pencil embedded in neck artery after ‘landing on sharpened end when she slipped over at school’


AN 11-year-old girl was rushed to hospital after she fell onto a sharp end of a pencil which penetrated her neck.

The youngster who has not been identified said the accident occurred during a break at school.

 An 11-year-old girl was rushed to hospital after she fell onto a sharp end of a pencil which penetrated her neck

Monica Abdelmasih/Ahmed Kayssi/Graham Roche-Nagle

An 11-year-old girl was rushed to hospital after she fell onto a sharp end of a pencil which penetrated her neck
 A CT discovered the pencil had been obstructing her left common carotid artery which stopped the blood going to her brain

Monica Abdelmasih/Ahmed Kayssi/Graham Roche-Nagle

A CT discovered the pencil had been obstructing her left common carotid artery which stopped the blood going to her brain

She was rushed to The Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto with it still lodged in her neck.

A CT discovered the pencil had been obstructing her left common carotid artery which stopped the blood going to her brain.

Medics were able to recover the pencil and the young girl was discharged two days later.

The operation was conducted by Dr Graham Roche-Nagle an associate professor of vascular surgery.

The girl was given blood thinners and antibiotics before going under the knife

She will have to take blood thinners for the next week and it is believed the wound healed well.

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A common carotid artery is a large blood vessel which supplies the head with oxygen-rich blood.


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