Utah Boy Recovering From Brain Injury Caused By Falling On Pencil
May 23, 2021, 10:05 PM | Updated: Apr 14, 2023, 2:52 pm
MORGAN, Utah – A 7-year-old boy from Morgan has returned home to recover following a traumatic injury. Isaac Evans fell on a pencil which punctured just above his eye and went into his brain.
Caid and Alicia Evans, Isaac’s parents, sat down with KSL-TV to talk about the incident that happened on the night of May 5th.
“Alicia woke up and heard kind of a thump upstairs,” said Caid. “Isaac was crying.”
Isaac had fallen out of bed during the night.
“He kind of didn’t quit crying and his crying was a little bit different than normal,” remembered Caid.
At first, his parents didn’t know what was wrong, but then they noticed a large bump over his eye and it was bleeding.
“I asked Alicia to go see what he hit his head on and she came downstairs and she was holding a pencil that had broken and had blood on it,” said Caid. “I think it was just laying on the ground and my guess is that when he fell, his hand hit the edge of it just enough to tip it up.”
Caid rushed Isaac from their home in Morgan to Primary Children’s Hospital.
Doctors gave them bad news – the pencil had gone into Isaac’s brain.
Ok, pencils are banned from my house after this story. This cute 7-year-old fell on a pencil while he was sleeping…and it punctured just above his eye and went into his brain. I know 😬. Good news, he’s doing much better! We check in with him tonight on @KSL5TV at 10. pic.twitter.com/4epW4wUxHA
— Tania Dean (@taniadeanksl) May 24, 2021
“The CT scan showed that it had entered into his brain and that there was pieces of pencil in his brain,” said Alicia.
Isaac spent nine days in the ICU and the next nine in the neuro-trauma unit. He had to have two brain surgeries — one to remove graphite and wood from where the pencil broke off, and another to place a stent in one of his cerebral arteries.
Isaac had to practice walking and talking again, but his parents said love from family, friends and the community lifted his spirits.
“About ten days in he started to laugh, and once he started to laugh, I really saw him turn a corner and it was kind of back to Isaac,” said Caid.
Two and a half weeks after the incident, Isaac was able to go home.
The first grader still has some recovering to do, but like his parents said, he’s back to Isaac.
“He’s such an optimistic, happy kid,” said Alicia. “I think that’s part of what helped him push through is his positive attitude.”
Doctors told the Evans if the pencil had gone even a thousandth of an inch to the side, it could have caused a stroke and paralysis.
So even though Isaac’s accident was extremely unlucky, they still feel very fortunate it wasn’t worse.