A Kansas teenager is lucky to be alive after a knife impaled his face.
The knife stopped just short of cutting a major artery that supplies blood to the brain.
Doctors at the university of Kansas health center in Kansas city knew the severity of Eli Gregg’s accident when x-rays revealed just how close the blade was to his carotid artery.
Removing the 10-inch knife from the 15-year old’s head required a detailed surgical plan and extensive preparation.
Eli’s mother, Jimmy Russell says the accident occurred Thursday while he was playing outside their home in Redfield. She heard him scream before he came to the door with a metal object protruding from his face.
The knife embedded into Eli’s skull and extended to just under the brain.
Doctors say the teen would most likely not have survived had the blade inserted further into his head.