A 10-year-old boy has cheated death after falling from a treehouse and landing face first onto a metal skewer that was sticking out of the ground.
The meat skewer impaled Xavier Cunningham’s face and almost went through the back of his head – narrowly missing his brain.
The youngster was taken to hospital in Kansas where amazingly surgeons were able to successfully remove the rod from his face on Sunday.
His family says him still being alive after the ordeal is nothing short of a miracle.
His family say he’s lucky to be alive
A team of surgeons spent hours removing the skewer
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He fell from the treehouse when he and his friends were attacked by large wasps.
His dad Shannon Miller told Fox4: "He could have bled to death in that field, covered in yellow jackets.
"He was more upset about the yellow jackets than he was about the metal piece sticking out of his face.”
The skewer was about a foot long and nearly went all the way through to the back of Xavier’s head.
"It missed his brain. It missed his brain stem. It missed the nerves, everything that’s valuable in your head. It missed everything," Xavier’s dad told the channel.
The skewer just missed his brain
The treehouse the youngster fell from
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A team of surgeons spent hours removing the skewer and the operation was hailed a success.
His dad added: "All I can remember is laughing and crying and cheering. Just the support of my friends and family, it was powerful.”
The channel said the father confirmed Xavier was back to his regular self on Monday, playing X-Box from his hospital bed and joking with family.
He’s expected to be released from hospital soon.