Today's News

"Miracle man" gets drilled and survives

September 5, 2003
/ Print / Reprints /
/ Text Size+
Ron Hunt's friends call him the "miracle man."

And why not? The Truckee, Calif., construction worker had an 18-inch drill bit penetrate through his right eye into his skull, and lived to talk about it.

Maybe you've seen X-rays of Hunt's skull with the rod running through it on the Internet.

"It is a miracle, it seems like for sure," he told ABCNEWS' Good Morning America in an exclusive network interview.

Hunt was standing on a ladder drilling into a surface overhead on August 15, when his ladder suddenly gave way. He dropped the drill and then fell to the floor, landing face first onto the bit. It all happened so fast Hunt didn't see the bit coming.

The rod plunged into his eye socket and poked out the back of his head, behind his right ear.

"I ran my hands up the drill bit, up to my eye, and put my other hand in the back of my head and felt it coming through the back of my head," Hunt remembered. "And that's where pretty much the shock set in."

Hunt's co-workers rushed him to the hospital. He was bleeding heavily and extremely frightened.

After weighing their options, doctors essentially unscrewed the bit to remove it.

"We would have cut it off, but after a few minutes of drilling, we noticed that it was loose. And so we just put down our blade and twisted the bit," said Dr. Paul Ludlow, the surgeon who performed the operation.

Ludlow said Hunt came very close to death. The bit essentially pushed his brain aside, rather than impaling it.

"I think he turned his head just enough. Had it gone towards the apex [of the eye socket], I don't think he would have been alive," Ludlow said.

Hunt will be fitted with a glass eye, but is otherwise expected to recover fully. He even says he's ready to get back to work.

Did you enjoy this article? Click here to subscribe to ISHN.

You must login or register in order to post a comment.


Facebook logo Twitter YouTubeLinkedIn Google + icon



Image Galleries

ASSE Safety 2014 Review

A gallery of photos from the sprawling Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, where ASSE’s annual professional development conference was held June 8-11. All photos courtesy of the American Society of Safety Engineers.

9/30/14 2:00 pm EST

Leveraging Sustainability Initiatives to Benefit Your Community and Increase Compliance

This webinar will review how General Motors' Sustainability initiatives are being leveraged to improve the community and the environment, create efficient energy programs, improve sustainability tracking, impact on processes and overall reporting and improve overall social, environmental and corporate sustainability.

ISHN Magazine


2014 September

ISHN'S September issue features a series of essay on thought leadership. Get expert advice on self-motivation, compliance and more!

Table Of Contents Subscribe


M:\General Shared\__AEC Store Katie Z\AEC Store\Images\ISHN\safetyfourth.jpg
Safety Engineering, 4th Edition

A practical, solutions-driven reference, Safety Engineering, 4th edition, has been completely revised and updated to reflect many of today’s issues in safety.

More Products

For Distributors Only - SEPTEMBER 2014

ISHN FDO SEPTEMBER 2014For Distributors Only is ISHN's niche brand standard-sized magazine supplement aimed at an audience of 2,000 U.S. distributors that sell safety products. Circulation only goes to distributors. CHECK OUT THE SEPTEMBER 2014 ISSUE OF FDO HERE

ishn infographics

2012 US workplace deathsCheck out ISHN's new Infographic page! Learn more about worker safety through these interactive images. CLICK HERE to view the page.