Medically impossible? No - this was a true injury, and here are the X-rays, say medics.
'Thanks to the prompt and coordinated action of all services of the regional hospital, the patient is alive'. Picture: Krasnoyarsk Region Health Ministry
The man was rushed to Krasnoyarsk Region Clinical Hospital by ambulance after he was skewered through the scalp protruding 11cm inside his head 'piercing his brain'. The appalling injury to the man aged between 40 and 45 is believed to have been sustained during a fight, say reports in the Siberian city.
It is unclear if a jealous wife, vicious robber, or gangland thug was responsible, but the police are said to know the identity of the attacker or attackers.
'There are times when even the most experienced doctors are amazed by the nature of the injury,' said a medical source in the Siberian region.
The patient was put on a trolley and immediately taken to the operating theatre where a team of neurosurgeons headed by Dr Pavel Rudenko 'took out the metal body from the patient's head without complications'.
'After the removal of such a massive object, there was no bleeding even at the time of surgery,' said a source at the regional health ministry in Krasnoyark.
'Thanks to the prompt and coordinated action of all services of the regional hospital, the patient is alive.
'The man spent two weeks in intensive care in a serious but stable condition'.
'Hospital staff said the man did not smell of alcohol when he was taken to the hospital. Nor was he homeless, they reported. Picture: Krasnoyarsk Region Health Ministry
There is no threat to his life but nor - so far - is there any answer as to how he came to be speared by the metal rod. 'The patient is conscious, with no gross motor disorders and can eat food by himself. Now he has to go through quite a long course of therapy and rehabilitation'.
Hospital spokeswoman Irina Kochetkova added: 'We don't know what actually happened and the ambulance brought the man into hospital unconscious and without documents'. Somewhat surprisingly - given how shocked the medics were - she said: 'Even now when he regained consciousness the doctors still have not asked him what happened'.
She explained: 'It is not our duty - and we think police will take care of this case. When patients are taken to hospital with wounds that don't look like an accident doctors have to inform police about it'.
Hospital staff said the man did not smell of alcohol when he was taken to the hospital. Nor was he homeless, they reported.
'He has relatives who found him after a couple of days and are now visiting him,' said the spokeswoman.