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Last Updated: Wednesday, 3 September, 2003, 14:12 GMT 15:12 UK
Builder escapes freak drill accident
Ron Hunt with his drill
The drill pierced Mr Hunt's eye
A Californian builder is recovering from a freak accident in which he drilled through his head.

Ron Hunt fell off a stepladder and landed face down on his 18-inch (46 centimetre) drill.

"I ran my hands up the drill bit, up to my eye, and put my other hand in the back of my head and felt it coming through the back of my head," Mr Hunt said.

"That's where pretty much the shock set in".

"Right then, I just started praying to God. Please don't let me die. Don't let me bleed to death. I was scared," he said.

Doctors said Mr Hunt was spared death or paralysis because the drill bit pushed his brain aside, instead of pushing into it, the Associated Press reported.

In a four-hour operation they later unscrewed the 1.5 inch (3.8 centimetre) diameter drill from Mr Hunt's head.

Mr Hunt lost the sight in one eye and in the future will wear a glass eye.

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