Harpoon Pierces Man's Skull in Cleaning Accident, Doesn't Damage Brain

Despite accidentally shooting himself in the face with a speargun last week, Bruno Barcellos de Souza Coutinho of Brazil will somehow manage to leave the hospital with his brain intact.

Harpoon Pierces Man's Skull in Cleaning Accident, Doesn't Damage Brain

The 34-year-old fisherman was reportedly cleaning his fishing gear when the weapon discharged, causing a spear to enter his skull through the left eye socket.

Amazingly, de Souza Coutinho remained conscious, and even refused to seek medical care, forcing his aunt to phone the fire department.

Doctors at Santa Teresa Hospital say the harpoon had penetrated nearly 6 inches into his skull, but somehow missed vital arteries by mere millimeters.

They also noted that de Souza Coutinho appeared to have sustained a negligible amount of brain damage.

He did, however, lose all vision out of his left eye, but doctors were able to save the eyeball.

If his conditions continues to improve, de Souza Coutinho could be released as early as later this week.

[H/T: Arbroath, photos via Santa Teresa Hospital]