Kansas teen recovering after knife removed from skull

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Eli Green and his mom, Jimmy Russell (KOAM) Eli Green and his mom, Jimmy Russell (KOAM)
BOURBON COUNTY, Kan. (KAKE) -

A 15-year-old Kansas boy is recovering after he underwent surgery to remove a knife from his skull.

Eli Green was playing outside in Bourbon County when he fell and a 10-inch knife went through his face and skull, the tip on his carotid artery, KOAM reports

"It was instant, I was like 'Oh my god call 911, this is bad,'" said Eli's mom. "I'm not even sure exactly how it happened at this point. But, yeah, it was scary."

An ambulance took Eli to Children's Mercy, which transferred him to the University of Kansas Hospital.

"They said there was the possibility of stroke, the possibility that he could lose the sight in one eye. It all depended on how they were able to get it out," the teen's mom said. 

It took multiple teams of doctors from the hospital to remove the knife. 

"They set up a plan, took some precautions and it's almost a miracle. It's really amazing. He's doing great. He should make a full recovery. They're not too worried about the damage inside because it just, it came out really smooth and just how it happened was one in a million."

"It could not have had a pound more force on it and him survive that event," said Dr. Koji Ebersole. 

As Eli came around and began talking to his mom, saying he's going to stay away from sharp objects.

"It's amazing that 24 hours later he's back," his mom said.

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