Worker survives bar through skull

A 24-year-old construction worker in Brazil survived after a 6ft metal bar fell from above and pierced his head, doctors said.

Luiz Alexandre Essinger, chief of staff of Rio de Janeiro's Miguel Couto Hospital, said doctors successfully withdrew the iron bar from Eduardo Leite's skull during a five-hour surgery.

"He was taken to the operating room, his skull was opened, they examined the brain and the surgeon decided to pull the metal bar out from the front in the same direction it entered the brain," Mr Essinger said.