Shawnee Man Tells 'Today' About Nail in Head

SHAWNEE, Kan. (AP) _ A suburban Kansas City man says he didn't know that a nail was driven deep into his head until his buddy spotted it stuck through his cap.

Speaking Wednesday on NBC's "Today,'' George Chandler of Shawnee, Kan., said his friend, Phil Kern, was using a nail gun to mount lattice on Chandler's deck when a hose on the powerful tool became caught.

Chandler stood up just as Kern tried to free the gun and it discharged. At first, they couldn't locate the nail. But then Kern saw it, he ordered Chandler to sit down while he called 911.

Chandler said he felt a sting, but "It never did really what you call hurt.''

An emergency room doctor tried unsuccessfully to remove the 2.5-inch nail with a pair of pliers. So he borrowed a claw hammer from a worker to finish the job and sent Chandler home with a few stitches.

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