Monday, March 12, 2007
Bullet Behind the Eye
This is why, as an eye surgeon (and as a human being) I hate pellet guns, BB guns, and all the rest. This 11 year-old boy and I spent several hours together at the hospital on a recent Friday evening because a friend accidentally shot him with a "toy" gun while he was eating a bowl of cereal at his own kitchen table. The X-ray, is a profile view of him facing to the right. You can make out his teeth towards the bottom. The big dense white blob in the middle is the fragmented pellet that entered through his lower eye lid, completely missed the eye (lucky!), didn't go into his brain (lucky again!) but lodged itself deep in his eye socket behind his eye.
Kids and guns aren't a good mix. Well, people and guns aren't a good mix either. The skin is just too dang soft to keep the bullets out.