September 20, 2018

10-year-old boy pierced his head with a meat skewer while playing with friends

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Miracle boy survives wasp attack, a fall out of a treehouse and being impaled in the head with a meat skewer!

While playing with his friends in his treehouse at home in Harrison, Missouri, the 10-year-old Xavier Cunningham fell out of the treehouse as a swarm of wasps attacked him.

As he fell to the ground, a metal meat skewer penetrated his skull from his face to the back of his head.

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It all began Saturday afternoon while Xavier Cunningham and his friends were climbing up the treehouse in their backyard.

A swarm of yellow jacket wasps attacked and Xavier fell 4 feet from a ladder to the ground, landing face first on a 12-inch metal meat skewer that was sticking out of the ground.

As soon as he fell to the ground, he screamed. Gabriella Miller, his mother, ran to his aid.


The skewer had pierced his skull from front to back with half a foot still sticking out of his face.

They rushed him to the emergency room, where he got transferred to the University of Kansas Hospital.

Endovascular neurosurgery director Koji Ebersole examined the wound.


“You couldn’t draw it up any better,” Ebersole said. “It was one in a million for it to pass 5 or 6 inches through the front of the face to the back and not have hit these things.”

A team of surgeons operated on him Sunday where the skewer was removed successfully.


On Monday, Xavier was already playing his Xbox and joking with his family at the hospital. He is expected to be released in the next few days.

In another situation, a 20-year old woman also made an unlikely recovery after a sky-diving accident that almost left her paralyzed, more about her ordeal here.


To see more on what happened to the boy watch the following clip.

There were boys in Thailand who also narrowly escaped a tragedy when a cave collapsed during an exploration, trapping them for 2 weeks.

Follow this link to learn more and see the video.



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