10-Inch Knife Is Removed From Teenager’s Brain

  • His mom says he has promised to “stay away from sharp objects.”

Eli Gregg was playing with other kids, Saturday, when his mother, Jimmy Russell, heard him  scream loudly outside the families home. She thought the kids were just playing around, until she found out a knife was involved.

Russell quickly learned how serious it all really was. “He came to the door, and when he opened the door, it was blood and he had a piece of metal in his face. And it was really shocking,” Russell recalls.


The story goes that Eli was just holding the knife when he fell and the knife became embedded in his skull. The tip of the blade just missed his carotid artery, and good thing.

Russell said, “It was instant. I was like, ‘Oh, my God, call 911. This is bad. I’m not even sure exactly how it happened at this point… but… yeah… it was scary.”

Ambulance came and rushed Eli to the children’s hospital. Doctor’s feared the placement of the knife (and it being so close to the carotid) put him at risk of stroke or other serious damage.

According to Dr. Koji Ebersole, Eli was taken to the University of Kansas Health System just in time. Ebersole helped other doctors to successfully remove the knife.

“It could not have had a pound more force on it and him survive that event,” Ebersole said. A slight cut or tear could have led to massive bleeding so Ebersole and his team had to control the blood supply before actually removing the knife.

The procedure was successful and Eli is recovering. “He’s got some healing to do, but he’s out of danger for the most part,” his mom added.

He did say he promised to stay away from sharp objects. And good thing, no one wants a knife to the brain once, much less more than once!

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