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.



4 thoughts on “Knife plunged 5 inches into skull

  1. 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. 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. 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?

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