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http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/life_and_...icle6324089.ece

A quick-thinking doctor has saved the life of an Australian teenager by boring a hole into his skull with a household drill to remove a blood clot.

Nicholas Rossi, who was 13 yesterday, was suffering from the same type of head injury which killed the British actress Natasha Richardson.

The emergency brain surgery occurred after Nicholas bumped his head when he fell off his bike outside a friend’s house in the regional town of Maryborough, Victoria, last Friday.

His mother Karen, a nurse, took him to hospital after he began drifting in and out of consciousness.

The GP on duty, Dr Rob Carson, immediately noticed that Nicholas, who had suffered a fractured skull, was showing signs of potentially fatal bleeding on the brain. It can can cause death within minutes.

Realising that he had no proper neurological equipment to hand, Dr Carson found the next best thing in the hospital maintenance room: a household De Walt drill, which was sterilised for surgery.

“Dr Carson came over to us and said, ‘I am going to have to drill into (Nicholas) to relieve the pressure on the brain — we’ve got one shot at this and one shot only’,” the teenager’s father, Michael Rossi, told The Australian newspaper.

He later said: “Dr Carson told me all he can remember saying is: ‘Get the Black and Decker’.”

The doctor, who had never performed such a procedure before, phoned David Wallace, a Melbourne neurosurgeon, who talked him through the operation, telling him where to aim the drill, and how deep to go. Soon, a blood clot fell out, relieving the pressure on the teenager’s brain.

His nervous parents stood by and watched anxiously.

“We didn't see anything, but we heard the noises, heard the drill, it was just one of those surreal experiences,” Mr Rossi said. “Human nature takes over and you just do what you have to do and the doctor just does what he has to do.”'

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Dr Carson was humble about his feat yesterday. “It is not a personal achievement, it is just a part of the job and I had a very good team of people helping me,” he told the newspaper. He could not comment further this morning as he was busy delivering a baby.

Quite an amazing story especially when you consider he'd never done it before and was effectively being talked through the op.

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There was a story a few years ago about a dentist from Middlesbrough who was jailed after using £1.99 drill bits from B & Q on his patients' teeth, rather than the £120, high grade steel and properly sterilised ones designed for medical use. He was shopped after one of them broke inside a patient's teeth and required emergency surgery. In his defence, the dentist claimed that this was common practice in his native Bangladesh...

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He later said: “Dr Carson told me all he can remember saying is: ‘Get the Black and Decker’.”

What a hero.......Truly

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What a hero.......Truly

Bit like the pilot who landed the plane in the Hudson. What price for this guy as against, say, Freddie Goodwin? Nice story tha cheered me up-thanks for posting it, just shows there are still heros.

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What a hero.......Truly

AGreed. Its probably not that difficult to do, but you must need balls of solid steel to even think about it, never mind reaching for a black & decker!

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AGreed. Its probably not that difficult to do, but you must need balls of solid steel to even think about it, never mind reaching for a black & decker!

Balls of steel and the correct diagnosis :lol:

Pretty similar when people have choked and passed out and they cut a hole in your windpipe and stick the casing of a Bic pen into the hole. Happened on a flight a while ago :o

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