Doctor Uses Handyman's Drill To Save Boy's Life

A doctor in rural Australia has used a handyman's power drill to save the life of a boy with a severe head injury.

Nicholas Rossi fell off his bike on Friday, hitting his head on the pavement. By the time he got to the hospital, the boy was slipping in and out of consciousness.

Dr. Rob Carson recognized the boy was experiencing potentially fatal bleeding on the brain and knew he had only minutes to make a hole in the boy's skull to relieve the pressure.

The small hospital had no neurological drills so Carson went to work on Nicholas with a household drill from the maintenance room. A neurosurgeon talked him through the procedure over the phone.

It went well, and Rossi was out of the hospital yesterday in time to celebrate his 13th birthday.

The boy's dad says it was a surreal experience.


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  • by Sam Location: Williamston on May 21, 2009 at 08:15 AM
    WOW! What a miracle! With this doctor being a lifesaving hero, he definately deserves a special award along with a major bonus going into his bank account. If it was not for this doctor, then hard times would have struck this family.
  • by john Location: washington on May 20, 2009 at 10:04 PM
    good job doc!
  • by Anonymous on May 20, 2009 at 01:59 PM
    Porter-Cable does it again!
  • by Autumn on May 20, 2009 at 11:58 AM
    Wow, this is amazing. I am so glad that he is okay! Maybe they should have finished with this at the end of the story- Disclaimer: Do NOT try this at home!
  • by Bud Location: Washington on May 20, 2009 at 09:16 AM
    So does that mean the proceedure doesn't cost $25,000.00 like it would have if they used the "regular" drill? Let's see, 15 bucks an hour for labor, 10 bucks an hour for tools, service charges and taxes...I'd say this operation couldn't cost more than $75.00 haha!
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