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WAWIBF... Dumb luck

7 May 2004

This week construction worker Isidro Mejia made his first chair-bound public appearance following a hideous accident last month in which he managed to get six four-inch nails fired at high speed into his face, neck and skull.

The accident happened at the site of a house Mejia was helping to build in Los Angeles. He was working on the roof when he slipped and fell onto a colleague who was using a nail gun on the second floor. From there the two of them continued to fall together, and somewhere between the second floor and the ground, Mejia got nailed.

Three of the nails went into his brain and one got him right in the spine, just at the base of his skull. He should really be dead. Even the doctors who fixed him up said so. They said that even though the nails managed to miss his brain stem and his spinal chord, Isidro Mejia should really be dead. If you look at the x-rays of the man's head while the nails are still in him, he looks like nothing more than a particularly unruly game of Kerplunk. He should at least be paralysed. The fact that he will make a full recovery and soon be perfectly well is most worrying. How little of his brain can he be using if four dirty great nails fail to do him even a little bit of permanent damage?

Obviously, this question does not concern Mejia. Mejia is merely happy to be alive. The mong.



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