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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