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Car Antenna Pierces Man’s Brain

June 7, 1995

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) _ A man who bumped into the tip of his car’s antenna drove the metal rod up his nose and into his brain.

``It’s the weirdest thing you’ve ever heard of,″ said Troy Harding, who managed to pull himself free.

Harding, 19, told doctors he was turning away from his car when about 3 1/2 inches of the antenna on his 1984 Fiero poked into his nose.

The antenna, with the little metal ball at the tip, pierced his sinus, entered his brain and hit his pituitary gland. He lost about a pint of blood.

He has been in the hospital since the May 29 accident and will have to stay until he can stand, perhaps another week.

For now, he said, standing gives him a headache.

``He’s lucky not to have wiped anything out,″ said Dr. Ray Grewe, a neurosurgeon.

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