Shot Through The Heart: Teen Involved in Nail Gun Accident

By: CBS News
By: CBS News

A nail left lodged in a man's chest helps save his life.

Seventeen-year-old Matt Robinson says he was building a barn when the accident happened. Another worker handed him a nail gun when his finger slipped on the trigger sending the three and a quarter inch nail straight into his chest.

That same day, he was rushed to St. Louis for heart surgery. Doctors there say the only thing that saved his life was the fact the nail was still lodged in his chest. They say it acted like a plug, leaving no room for blood to seep out.

Three days later, Robinson was out of the hospital and walking around.

He's still on pain medication and will be out of the construction business for months. But even this close call isn't going to keep Robinson away from the job he loves. He says he plans to go back to the job as soon as he's medically cleared.

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