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Incredible survival after man shoots harpoon into head

Published: 6:35PM Sunday April 21, 2013 Source: ONE News

  • This X-ray reveals the spear in Bruno Barcellos de Souza Coutinho's head. An actual harpoon is seen next to the image. (Source: ONE News)
    This X-ray reveals the spear in Bruno Barcellos de Souza Coutinho's head. An actual harpoon is seen next to the image. - Source: ONE News

A Brazilian man has miraculously survived after shooting himself in the head with a harpoon.

Bruno Barcellos de Souza Coutinho, 34, was cleaning fishing equipment in the city of Petropolis when the speargun accidentally fired and lodged 15 centimetres into his head, through his left eye and deep into his brain.

However, he did not seek medical attention until the next day when a relative encouraged him to go to hospital. He arrived for treatment completely lucid and underwent emergency surgery.

De Souza Coutinho lost his eye but incredibly avoided suffering any brain damage.