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Doctor freezes man's skull, saves his life

Posted on Thursday, 19 August, 2010 | Comment icon 7 comments | News tip by: Still Waters

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In a remarkable story this week a surgeon removed most of a man's skull and froze it in order to save his life.

The Utah man had shattered his skull in multiple places after a longboarding accident, to reduce the swelling in his brain the neurosurgeon had to remove both sides of his skull and freeze it as a last resort.

"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."

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Comment icon #1 Posted by Eldorado on 18 August, 2010, 14:02
Surgeons, doctors, nurses etc are great most of the time; other times they are awesome.
Comment icon #2 Posted by :PsYKoTiC:BeHAvIoR: on 19 August, 2010, 15:02
I hope that surgeon is paid extremely well to perform an operation as risky as that. I wouldn't have the guts to play with a person's life in my hands like that. Kudos.
Comment icon #3 Posted by Brakzar Break on 19 August, 2010, 15:15
Or maybe a bit TOO awesome.
Comment icon #4 Posted by GreyWeather on 19 August, 2010, 16:10
Will he get the sides of his head back?
Comment icon #5 Posted by queen.overthink on 19 August, 2010, 16:36
You have a point, but the guy had a 5 - 10% chance of survival, if you look at it another way, wouldn't you do everything in your power to save him? I'd say you can't make it worse.
Comment icon #6 Posted by Bamboo Samurai on 19 August, 2010, 18:12
The boy would have died if he had left it be, he had to do this. I say.....Well done
Comment icon #7 Posted by Alchera on 19 August, 2010, 22:12
Good thing he didn't lose his cool during the op, keeping professional cold detatchment like that, others would have melted under the pressure, guess he can chill-out now and earned some well earned rest. That's all I've got.

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