Luptak, 45, of Bismarck, N.D., was working on a house last week when he accidentally shot himself in the head with a nail gun, sending the nail 3 inches into his skull. As he lay on the floor, he thought about his wife and daughters, 7-year-old twins and a 15-year-old, bracing for the worst.
Dr. Tariq Janjua said the nail lodged in the middle of the brain’s two hemispheres, just grazing major artery vessels. Had the nail gone any direction either way, he added, Luptak’s story would have ended much differently.
“It’s a very rare combination of things,” Janjua said. “It can’t get better than this.”
On Saturday, Luptak showed off the 26 staples in his head and joked about craving bacon. He still struggles to flex his left leg, which is weak because the nail hit the part of the brain that directs leg motion, but he’s expected to fully recover and return home this week.
Advice. Stick to hammers.