Incredibly, the man, who is believed to have been the victim of a vicious bar fight in Serberia, Russia, lived to tell the tale
These astonishing x-ray pictures show how a man’s skull was impaled by a metal stool leg which embedded four inches in his brain.
Surgeons at Krasnoyarsk Regional Clinical Hospital were able to remove the metal leg without any complications.
Lead neurosurgeon Dr Pavel Rudenko said: “The man spent two weeks in intensive care in a serious but stable condition.”
Since coming to, the patient – believed to be aged between 40 and 45 – has been able to move and feed himself properly but faces a lengthy period of rehabilitation, doctors said.
Russian Police said they would interview the man about what happened as soon as medics approved.
A spokesman added: “He arrived at hospital in an ambulance with no paperwork or explanation about how he was injured.”