Knife plunged 5 inches into skull


These X-rays show a knife plunged into the skull of a 16-year-old boy from southeast London. Fortunately, his injuries were nowhere near as serious as they might have been – according to a police officer quoted in The Times, “the blade was a kitchen knife and because of that it was flexible and went around the bone.” He has, however, started walking with a limp, and his reaction times have slowed.



  1. #1 Encefalus
    October 2, 2008

    1) I’m happy I don’t live in London.

    2) Any further tests of cognitive performance, or any fMRIs to show the degree of damage done to the tissue? I am sure that many neuropsychologists would like to see the effects of a Phineas Gage imitator.


  2. #2 Mo
    October 2, 2008

    I’m sure he must have been referred to a neuropsych unit, but the news story is all I have to go on.

    I don’t think his injury is very similar to Gage’s – the knife appears not to have penetrated the brain at all, but instead scraped the outer surface.

  3. #3 Jessica Palmer
    October 2, 2008

    Ow. That has completely given me the willies. I think it’s actually extra freaky that the knife bent on his skull, although it no doubt saved him a great deal of cognitive functionality.

  4. #4 Romeo Vitelli
    October 5, 2008

    Fortunately, the skull protected his brain (which is what a skull is supposed to do). It’s interesting that the victim is walking with a limp. Is that due to damage to the motor cortex or is something else going on?

  5. #5 sofia
    January 15, 2010

    scaryyyy , i dnt fink it wz dun by accident who wud do dat az an accident i mean even i cnt get a knife by accidently into my head

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