Woman Scratches Hole To Her Brain

Oh, this story freaks me out more than that severed dog’s head post

Basically, a woman develops a condition that leads her to scratch one specific part of her head uncontrollably. Finally, she scratches hole through skull and into brain:

“One morning, after she was awakened by her bedside alarm, she sat up and, she recalled, “this fluid came down my face, this greenish liquid.” She pressed a square of gauze to her head and went to see her doctor again. M. showed the doctor the fluid on the dressing. The doctor looked closely at the wound. She shined a light on it and in M.’s eyes. Then she walked out of the room and called an ambulance. Only in the Emergency Department at Massachusetts General Hospital, after the doctors started swarming, and one told her she needed surgery now, did M. learn what had happened. She had scratched through her skull during the night—and all the way into her brain.”


(passes out)


8 responses to “Woman Scratches Hole To Her Brain

  1. ACK! Shouldn’t have read that right after breaky! So freaking grosss!

  2. That is physically impossible. Next they’ll tell us that she drilled a hole in a concrete wall using a stick of butter.

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  4. This makes my head itch.

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  7. It is most definitely not physically impossible. Try actually reading the full article.

  8. Amanda I did read it, twice now. Would you kindly point out the bit I missed?

    I’ve been present at real life autopsies. The skull was very difficult to penetrate even with surgical power tools, which are made of steel. And we’re meant to believe that a woman managed to do it with just her fingernails? Look, get a cow’s skull, or a pig’s, or a human if you can, and try scratching it. See what gives way first, the bone or your fingernails.

    And it isn’t nice to tell me to read the full article as if I were stupid. I read full articles all the time. I’m clever and stuff.

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