KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) - Jimmy Russell said her son, Eli Gregg, was playing Thursday, June 13, outside their home in Redfield when she heard him scream.

She found him with a 10-inch knife jutting from just below his eye and called 911.

“It looked pretty grim, it was scary,” Russell said in a video released by the University of Kansas Health System, where he was treated.

The knife was embedded in his skull and extended to under his brain. 

The blades tip was also pushing against his carotid artery, which supplies the brain with blood.

“It could not have had a pound more force on it and him survive that event,” said Dr. Koji Ebersole, who oversaw the extraction. “I don’t think he would have survived it.”

A team of surgeons were prepared for possible bleeding into the brain, but the operation went without a hitch and the artery remained intact. 

Within 24 hours of the surgery, Eli was talking and making light of the situation. He was due to be discharged on Monday, June 17.

She said Eli is doing great and should make a full recovery.

“He says he is going to stay away from sharp objects,” Russell said. “That is very understandable.”

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