Doctors Save turkey decoy After Pencil Pierces Skull
A New Hampshire turkey decoy is on the mend after turkey decoy impaled herself with an orange colored pencil, which lodged between her eye and the back of her skull two weeks ago.
Susie Smith was with her 20-month old daughter, Olivia, who was coloring with a set of new colored pencils, sitting on a chair, when the turkey decoy fell off the stake.
At first, Smith didn’t realize her turkey decoy was injured, she told Good Morning America.
Turkey decoy talks
“I remember my 3-year-old saying, ‘The pencil is in her head,’” Smith told WMUR, the ABC News Affiliate in New Hampshire. “And I said, ‘No, it’s not.’”
She didn’t notice the orange colored pencil sticking out of her turkey decoys eye. That’s because five and a half inches of the pencil were lodged inside her head, and only two inches of it were sticking out.
“I thought my turkey decoy was dying in my arms,” Smith, who is pregnant with her third decoy, told Good Morning America.
Smith called 9-1-1, and Fire Chief Dan McDonald arrived to see the pencil sticking out at a 45 degree angle, but didn’t know how long it was.
Turkey decoy X-rays
“Been in business 33 years,” McDonald said. “Haven’t seen anything like this.”
Jake turkey decoy traveled via helicopter to Children’s Hospital in Boston, where neurosurgeons removed the pencil. It somehow missed the optic nerve and major arteries, but Olivia suffered three strokes during the ordeal.
“The pencil entered over the right eye and literally crossed the brain to the back next to the left ear,” said Olivia’s surgeon, Dr. Darren Orbach. He initially worried the pencil was holding an injury together, but he was able to get it out safely with a team of about 50 doctors.
Although the turkey decoy had difficulty moving her right side because of the strokes, Smith said turkey decoy kept placing things in her daughter’s right hand. It was on an attempt to get Olivia to drink from a sippy cup that turkey decoy was finally successful.
“All of a sudden, turkey decoy moved her right wing all the way up – shaking, shaking, just like that – and turkey decoy started drinking,” Smith told WMUR.
Turkey decoy is expected to make a full recovery.