Leroy Luetscher, an 86-year-old gentleman from Tuscon, Ariz., was tending his garden on July 30 when he accidentally dropped his pruning shears, which just so happened to stick point-first in the ground, handles facing upwards.
As Luetscher bent down to retrieve the shears, the unthinkable happened—he lost his balance and impaled himself on the handle. You read that right…the handle.
AJC.com has all the gory details…
When Luetscher went to pick them up, he lost his balance and fell face-down on the handle. The handle penetrated his eye socket and went down into his neck, resting on the external carotid artery. Half the shears were left in his head, while the other half was sticking out.
Ghastly. Thankfully it sounds like our unlucky gardener is going to be OK…
Luetscher was rushed to the hospital, where surgeons removed the shears and rebuilt his orbital floor with metal mesh, saving his eye.
Doctors say Luetscher still has slight swelling in his eyelids and minor double vision but has otherwise recovered.
Talk about dodging a bullet. Hopefully Mr. Luetscher decides to hang up the pruning shears once and for all, and takes up a much safer hobby, like gator wrestling.