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Doctors find metal needle in the brain of an 80-year-old woman

By T.K. Randall
October 18, 2023 · Comment icon 2 comments
The human brain visible through a man's head.
The needle was the result of a failed murder attempt. Image Credit: CC BY 2.0 Andrew Mason
The woman had seemingly lived for eight decades with the needle embedded in the left side of her brain.
This incredible (and disturbing) discovery was recently brought to light when the woman underwent a CT scan at a hospital in Russia's Sakhalin region.

The needle, which measured 3 cm in length, had seemingly been there for her whole life, yet she had never experienced any ill-effects from it - not even so much as a headache.

It is now believed that the needle had been deliberately inserted into her head by her parents in a gruesome attempt to kill her as a baby - a practice that was surprisingly not that uncommon in Russia 80 years ago when widespread famine forced parents to commit such unfathomable acts.
The needle was inserted through a part of the skull that quickly healed, leaving no trace of injury.

In this case, however, it seems that the brain tissue developed around the object, leaving the woman able to live a full life without suffering any complications.

Doctors have since determined that it would be too dangerous to remove the needle, especially given that it didn't seem to be causing any problems.

In all likelihood, she will go on to live a healthy life for many more years to come.

Source: Oddity Central | Comments (2)

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Comment icon #1 Posted by Hawken 5 months ago
Just think, being 80 and finding out your parents tried to kill you. 
Comment icon #2 Posted by Cho Jinn 4 months ago
And then realizing your barbaric parents were too incompetent to actually succeed.  

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