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Motorist impaled by pole through head survives

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After Andrew Linn fell asleep at the wheel during a Thanksgiving visit to Las Vegas last year, he drove into a yard and through a chain-link fence, forcing a pole through the windshield of his car. Emergency responders said Linn was conscious when they arrived, and was even trying to use his cell phone to call for help — which was surprising, considering he had a pole through his head. That's his X-ray.

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That's right, the pole had entered his face and was coming out through the back of his head.

"It was amazing to see someone with a pipe through his face like that (who) is alive," Dr. Jay Coates said Tuesday. "Let alone someone who is awake and alert, and trying to communicate with us."

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Once the pipe was removed, Linn was left with scars, missing teeth and a destroyed palate. But he said he's grateful for his doctors, who he said pulled off a miracle.

"It's a real humbling experience," he said. "To think I lived through this. I should have died."

Here's video. Don't mind us, we're just going to be sick now.

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StalePhish

Reminds me of Phineas Gage who had a 13 pound rod pass through his head in a railroad blasting accident in 1848... he lived for 12 years but suffered a huge personality change