Skip to comments.Boy Scout Gets Knife Lodged In Brain
Posted on 12/23/2005 11:23:24 AM PST by jdm
(KUTV) An incredible and un-suspecting accident leaves a Utah Boy Scout just inches from death when he was stabbed right between his eyes.
Jeff Jaeger spoke to Kevin Coulter and tells 2News how this was a truly freak accident.
While raking leaves for a Boy Scout event, one of the leaders flung a knife from his hand while trying to catch another scout who had tripped.
It was dark, it was like 8:30 and there was a light and I saw it flash before it hit me, said Kevin.
The blade landed in between his frontal lobes. It was 2 millimeters away from hitting a major blood vessel in his brain.
Kevin's doctors told him it was sheer luck where the knife hit.
That's the sinuses that it went through and that I guess is where the brain lobe is right there, said Kevin pointing to an X-Ray.
It was a freak accident in every way. Few people can admit they've seen anything like it, a 1 ½ inch blade through someone's skull.
That's the best spot you know, if you're going to have a knife in your head, said Kevin.
It amazingly wasnt as painful as it looks; he says he just felt pressure.
In all, Kevin's kept a light heart about the whole situation. He got to miss out on a few weeks of school and yes, he walked away with the knife as a souvenir.
Must be the water.
The LDS church is heavily involved in scouting activities, so I'd guess that Utah has a very large number of scouts, per capita.
Did you look at all of the pictures? Why did they have to cut open the top of his head?
That's true!!! Good observation...
As a member of the LDS church and an Eagle scout, I can verify that, but it doesn't mean that Utah scouts have to have a high accident rate.
Mmmmm... I need to go camping more. I'm still trying to figure out why the leader had an open Leatherman Micra in the first place(I carry one on my keychain; it takes a good 10 seconds to pull out the INCH LONG blade), and if he had to throw it, how did he possibly throw it so hard as to put it an inch into a kid's skull?
Most likely they 'topped' him to make sure everything was OK inside - the article DOES mention that the blade missed an artery by 2mm...
He's lucky to be alive. I wonder what the SM was doing with his knife before the other boy fell?
There's going to be a whole lot of Adult and Youth training going on on the Rules of Safe Scouting and I would suspect that all Adult and youth Toten Chits just got canceled and will have to be reearned.
I'm putting that at the very top of my most-useless-facts file.
Glad the kid's going to be okay!
At least he survived to live another day. Too many this year were *not* so lucky.
Maybe we should do a "2005 the year in Scouting" review.
Unlike, let's say... Scouting!
Wow. Glad the Scout will be ok.
I think teachers and journalists are in a battle to see who can be the stupidest.
That's my question also. The kid should have instinctively just pulled the thing out.
And if the leader with an open knife in his hand needed to catch someone, he would instinctively simply drop the knife, not throw the thing so hard it penetrates a skull 15 feet away.
I think Darwin must have skipped by this town.
Ever heard of sarcasm?
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