Impaled by pruning shears through eye, doing ok

Leroy Leutscher, 86, of Arizona, slipped and fell on a pair of pruning shears that went right through his eye and down his neck. Amazingly, he's doing pretty well given the circumstances. From The Telegraph:
 Multimedia Archive 01983 Leroy220 1983488F Luetscher was rushed to the hospital, where surgeons removed the shears and rebuilt his orbital floor with metal mesh, saving his eye. Doctors say Mr Luetscher still has slight swelling in his eyelids and minor double vision but has otherwise recovered.
"US man impaled through eye with pruning shears" (via Fortean Times)


  1. Hell, I wake up after a typical Friday night at the pub with more than a slight swelling of the eyelids and minor double vision. Hats off to the docs who cared for Leroy!

  2. I’m just imagining the Deus Ex: Human Revolution trailer and this guy looking at the pruning shears with his good eye and going “I never asked for this.”

  3. The title should read “Impaled by pruning shears through eye or ocular SOCKET, doing ok”. The title as it stands implies the shears went through the eye itself which it did not do, as he was able to keep the eye with “slight swelling in his eyelids and minor double vision”.

    Still incredible regardless of a slightly misleading title.

  4. I no longer feel so bad about neglecting to keep my hedge trimmed
    this summer.  I had no idea about the
    risks I faced.  Yikes.

  5. To get those bypass pruners properly sharp:  take the pivot screw out then put a piece of sandpaper on a dead flat surface like furniture glass or a  granite counter).  Then grind both sides flat with successively finer grits of sandpaper.  You have to do this when they are new, but I did this about ten years ago and mine will still cleanly snip a blade of grass.  I actually blunted the pointed end with a belt sander to prevent injuries. 

  6. If you tell people you got pruning shears in your eye everyone’s all sympathetic. But tell them that you slipped when you were vacuuming in the nude and you get nothing but snide innuendo.

  7. News cast said this morning it was the same surgical team that worked on Rep. Giffords after the shooting. Earning their money this year, aren’t they?

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