RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — A 10-year-old Brazilian boy has survived after falling from a tree and landing on a 2-foot (60-centimeter) long iron bar that entered his left armpit and exited near his right ear.

Doctors told Globo TV on Friday that it's a miracle that Weverton Silva didn't die. The rebar that pierced him during last week's accident in Rio de Janeiro state barely missed an artery and his heart.

The boy was on a branch of a guava tree when it broke and he fell on a wall the bar was jutting from.

Firefighters took Weverton to the hospital, where Dr. Rodrigo Chicralla tells Globo it took five hours to remove the bar in one piece from the boy's body. Doctors sent the child home on Friday.