A Maryland teen was “a millimeter” away from bleeding to death after a freak accident plunged a screw into his skull, according to media reports.
Darius Foreman, 13, was constructing a treehouse when he fell and knocked over a wooden plank, CNN reported.
The beam landed on Foreman’s head, plunging a 6-inch screw into his skull.
“It was very scary, one of the scariest things I’ve ever been through,” said his mother, Joy Ellingsworth.
When emergency services arrived, they were unable to transport Darius because the 5-foot board attached to his head wouldn’t fit in the ambulance, according to CNN.
There, a pair of married neurosurgeons successfully operated on Darius.
Dr. Shenandoah Robinson, a Johns Hopkins neurosurgeon, removed the board from the teen’s head.
Her husband, Dr. Alan Cohen, chief of neurosurgery, then removed small pieces of Darius’s bone and a blood clot in his head.
“He was a millimeter away from having himself bleed to death,” Cohen told CNN.
Darius was discharged a few days later and was presented with the screw that nearly took his life.