Kansas Teen Lucky To Survive After Ten-Inch Knife Impaled His Face
By Bill Galluccio
June 18, 2019
A freak accident left a 15-year-old Kansas boy with a ten-inch knife embedded in his face. Eli Gregg was in his backyard playing with his brothers and some family friends when they found the knife in the grass. The boys picked it up, and Eli went to take it away from one of the younger kids when he tripped and fell.
Gregg's parents heard him scream and rushed outside to see what happened. When they saw Eli with the large knife sticking out of his face, they called 911 and he was rushed to a local hospital.
Luckily for Eli, Dr. Koji Ebersole had experience with these types of injuries. In 2018, he successfully operated on a boy who had a meat skewer stuck in his head after he off a ladder.
A team of surgeons worked to remove the knife from Eli's face, using catheters and tiny balloons to dislodge it without causing any damage to blood vessels or nerves around the his eye.
Ebersole was happy to report that Eli "didn't suffer any brain injury. No injury to vision. No injury to the movement of the eyes. No strokes. No brain bleeding. Really, he's just got a small little cosmetic incision line, if you will, from the knife on his right cheek. You would never know that he went through all of this."
Eli was released from the hospital and is expected to make a full recovery.
"I'm really happy that they were able to get it out and keep me alive," Eli said of the surgery to remove the knife. "I finally get to see the rest of my family. I get to go home."