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New Hampshire toddler survives 4-inch pencil into brain

A miracle recovery for 20-month-old Olivia Smith in New Hampshire after a pencil went into her eye socket, penetrating 4 inches into her brain.
January 24, 2013 12:00:00 AM PST
A miracle recovery for a toddler in New Hampshire after a pencil went into her eye socket, penetrating 4 inches into her brain.

Olivia Smith, 20 months old, had fallen while coloring with new pencils. Her mother noticed an orange pencil coming from her right eye.

She was flown to a children's hospital where doctors performed the delicate surgery.

"If you go in at a 45-degree angle in the corner of this eye, it was about 2 and a half inches coming out, sticking out. And we didn't know how long the pencil was," said New Boston Fire Chief Dan MacDonald.

The pencil was 4 inches long.

Smith suffered three strokes, leaving her right side motionless. But she's expected to make a full recovery.


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