Surgeon Removes 13 Headless Pins From Leg of School Girl
KIRKSVILLE, MO. Dr. Paul R. Koogler, surgeon-in-chief at the hospital of Kirksville college of osteopathy and surgery, said he had removed 13 or 14 headless pins imbedded in a leg of Mary Serena Beach, high school junior, of Sigourney, Pa. Miss Beach registered at the hospital with symptoms of rheumatism. Pictures disclosed the pins, which the girl could not explain.
Jeffersonian (Jeffersontown, Ky.), April 4, 1947
And sometimes you witness something just as weird.
It was, I think 1948 or about a year after the needled leg incident in Missouri. This happened in Colorado. Al, a lad of fourteen, was an attendee at a camp, escaping Kansas for a week or ten days in Colorado's scenic surroundings.
Suddenly one evening he reported to a camp counselor with an extremely swollen hand and excruciating pain. Clearly, a trip to the emergency room at the local hospital was required. The surgeon ascertained that some foreign object was embedded in the flesh at the base of the thumb. The offending intruder was surgically removed and proved to be the tip of a pair of sewing scissors, perhaps an inch in length. Now, how did that happen?
The boy told this tale. Many months ago, nearly a year ago, in fact, he and his sister had gotten into a contretemps, the upshot of which was a stabbing inflicted to the hand by the sibling. "We knew the scissors had broken, but we couldn't find the missing piece."
Nasty, rusty thing. Successful treatment for the infection, though, and the wound eventually healed.