20-month-old girl survives after pencil pierces her brain (video)

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By: Tanya Malhotra 

(Scroll down for video) A little girl made a miraculous recovery after a pencil pierced through her brain, which caused her to suffer 3 strokes, according to press reports in New Hampshire.

We've all heard that children recover faster, but it's not every day that a child suffers a severe brain injury and is ready to return to play in just 2 weeks.

Olivia Smith of New Boston, New Hampshire, was coloring in a chair when she fell and punctured an eye with a pencil.

Susie Smith, who is the mother of Olivia, said that she had no idea that anything had happened until her 3-year-old daughter said: "The pencil is in her head."

About 4 inches of the pencil had entered the girl's head through the corner of her right eye at an angle of 45 degrees.

Luckily, the pencil had missed the 20-month-old’s optic nerve and major arteries, so her view was not adversely affected.

Olivia had three strokes from the injury, which affected her right side, and left her unable to use it for a while.

She was rushed to Children's Hospital in Boston, where a team of doctors removed the pencil without surgery.

Two and a half weeks later, Olivia is playing as if nothing had happened.

Doctors believe that she will make a full recovery, which is pretty miraculous considering the severity of the original injury. Olivia's family expressed their gratitude to the medical team that helped her recover.



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