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Gingersnap
08-19-2010, 05:35 PM
Doctor freezes man's skull, saves his life
By Karlie Pouliot, FOXNews.com

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Doctors removed both sides of Kyle Johnson's skull before repairing and freezing it. Picture: FOXNews.com

A UTAH man had a 90 to 95 percent chance of dying after shattering his skull in more than 10 places until a neurosurgeon removed both sides of his head and froze it.

Kyle Johnson’s brain swelled uncontrollably after he fell off a longboard - essentially a surfboard on wheels - while travelling about 60km/h.

Dr Blake Welling of McKay-Dee Hospital in Utah decided to perform the risky surgery.

“We elected to take Kyle to surgery and remove each side of his head,” Dr Welling told FOXNews.com.

“It’s called a bilateral decompressive craniectomy. It’s something that neurosurgeons do as a last ditch effort.

“Most neurosurgeons do a decompressive craniectomy on one side of the head, where the trauma was.

“In this case, Kyle had such a global brain injury that we needed to take both sides of his head off, and you just leave a small strip of bone right down the middle.”

Dr Welling and his team removed Mr Johnson’s fractured skull, put it back together with micro-screws and plates, and then put it in a freezer to prevent the bone from becoming brittle.

Mr Johnson was placed in a drug-induced coma for about three weeks while doctors monitored his brain swelling. After the swelling went down, Dr Welling put the bone flaps back into place, and it took Mr Johnson about another week to wake up.

“I wasn’t quite sure what we were going to be left with,” Dr Welling said.

“When people have injuries like this I thought he may have a significant disability in terms of having to talk and walk again and learning his cognitive function. But low and behold, Kyle woke up and his lights gradually went back on.”

Just wow. :eek:

News (http://www.news.com.au/technology/doctor-freezes-mans-skull-saves-his-life/story-e6frfro0-1225906616620)

jendf
08-19-2010, 05:40 PM
Pic is so NOT. AWESOME. :mad:

Gingersnap
08-20-2010, 09:44 AM
Pic is so NOT. AWESOME. :mad:

Are you kidding? They chopped out half of this guy's skull and they stuck it in a freezer! He's going to be fine.

Geez, Jen, it's not like they made ashtrays out of it - they put it back. :p

Kay
08-20-2010, 09:41 PM
Well let me tell you this! A guy that I grew up and went all through school with had a bad accident on a four-wheeler a few months ago. He had a severe head injury similar to this. They put him in a drug induced coma and then took a big part of his skull out to release the pressure from his brain swelling. But .... instead of putting the chuck of skull bone in the freezer, they inserted it in his stomach! Sewed it up in there to keep it alive and lubricated with natural body fluids. Then when the swelling went down, they took it back out and re-attached it.

It was touch and go on whether or not he'd be a vegetable the rest of his life. Thankfully, when they finally took him off the drugs and he woke up out of the coma, he was himself. Last I heard he was going to be in therapy for a long time, but he was able to move all his limbs and was doing great.

Rockntractor
08-20-2010, 09:48 PM
Will he be a Democrat now?:eek:

Gingersnap
08-20-2010, 10:09 PM
Will he be a Democrat now?:eek:

He'll be Raiders fan so same diff.

Starbuck
08-20-2010, 11:09 PM
Why would a man willing to ride a "surfboard on wheels" at 60 MPH need a brain in the first place?

Articulate_Ape
08-20-2010, 11:24 PM
Will he be a Democrat now?:eek:

HAHAHAHA!

Gingersnap
08-20-2010, 11:25 PM
Why would a man willing to ride a "surfboard on wheels" at 60 MPH need a brain in the first place?

Padding? :confused:

jendf
08-21-2010, 12:46 AM
Are you kidding? They chopped out half of this guy's skull and they stuck it in a freezer! He's going to be fine.

Geez, Jen, it's not like they made ashtrays out of it - they put it back. :p

It's still a disturbing picture, no matter how cool the science is. :cool: