The 8-year-old girl is lucky to be alive after her skull was punished by a 10cm stick while playing with her brother in her backyard
- Addie Neilen was impaled on a 10 cm stick while playing with her brother
- The stick pierced the skin and into the protective brain layers
- Neurosurgeons were able to remove the stick and Addie quickly recovered
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A horrified mother has said that her eight-year-old daughter impaled her skull on a stick in a shocking accident.
Addie Neilen played outside her Sunshine Coast home in Queensland on May 15 when she ran for her brother Levi throwing a stick.
Her mother, Lauren Neilen, said she heard her daughter’s piercing screams and ran outside to find Addie with the 10cm piece of wood in the side of her skull and blood pouring down her face.
Eight-year-old Addie Neilen (pictured) played with her brother in the backyard when he threw a stick into her skull
After realizing how potentially deadly the injury was, Ms. Neilen was told Today she feared the worst, but knew she had to be wary of her daughter.
“I slowed it down a bit. I told her there was something in her hair and we needed an ambulance, ”she said.
Addie was rushed to Sunshine Coast University Hospital, where doctors found it the stick had gone so far into her head that it had been inserted into the meninges, a series of protective layers over the brain.
Her mother, Lauren Neilen, (photo) said she was horrified to see the stick pierced in her daughter’s head. Pictured on the left is Addie’s brother Levi
Scans found that the 10cm piece of wood had penetrated so far into her head that it had been inserted into the meninges, a series of protective layers over the brain
Neurosurgeons at Queensland Children’s Hospital were finally able to remove the stick at 2 a.m. on Saturday
Doctors decided to send Addie to Queensland Children’s Hospital, where the family had to wait seven hours before neurosurgeons could finally remove the stick at 2 a.m.
Despite the horrific injury, Addie recovered quickly and was full of energy a few hours after surgery, leaving her doctors speechless.
“At seven o’clock that night, I had to tell her to stop jumping and sit on the bed,” said Mrs. Neilen.
“She ran out of the hospital as if nothing happened.”
Despite the horrific injury, Addie recovered quickly and was full of energy a few hours after surgery, leaving her doctors speechless. Pictured on the left is the stick
Her brother Levi said he felt “10 out of 10 guilty” for hurting his sister and not knowing how to handle the freak accident at first.
“Dad came up the stairs and told me to lie down because I was as white as a ghost,” he said.
“You don’t see a tree in someone’s head every day.”