In a response to a “What are You Thankful For” request by ABC4.com, a rare and interesting neurological case study was described: penetration of the brain by a deer antler. CNN.com also has a video describing the event and the injury. In a nutshell, 5-year-old Connor Schick found a deer antler during an outdoor vacation in July. He tripped while carrying it, he fell on it, and it penetrated his brain through his eyesocket. (OUCH) Below is the MRI of his injury, with his doctor holding up the offending antler for dramatic effect.
Connor was quite lucky. Not only did he survive, but is making a full recovery after antibiotic therapy, with no permanent behavioral consequences. Despite being inserted three or four inches into the frontal lobes, the antler amazingly missed his eye, the ocular muscles, and any important vascular structures. As I’ve reported before, foreign objects introduced to the brain via the eye sockets can be deadly.