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Boy, 10, impaled by metal spike, survives

Feb. 15, 2014 at 2:27 PM   |   Comments

RIO DE JANEIRO, Feb. 15 (UPI) -- A Brazilian boy who was impaled on a 2-foot metal spike after falling out of a tree survived the ordeal and has returned home from a hospital, doctors said.

Weverton Silva, 10, was sitting on a branch of a guava tree in Rio de Janeiro when the branch snapped, sending him tumbling onto a metal fence. A spike pierced the child's left side and exited behind his right ear, Sky News said.

The spear missed an artery and the boy's heart.

A 2-hour surgery allowed doctors to remove the spike last week and he child was sent home from the hospital Friday.

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