A man in his early 20s was impaled through the head on Sunday climbing over a pool fence in Mesa, Arizona.
The unnamed man fell directly onto the metal tip of the fence and impaled his lower jaw while climbing over the fence at around 3:30 p.m local time at an apartment complex in the city center, Mesa Fire Department.spokesman Randall Roether said, according to CBS5AZ news station.
Roether said it took about 20 minutes to remove the man from the fence, and the 20-year-old was taken to the Scottsdale Healthcare-Osborne Hospital where he is currently recovering. None of his vital organs had been affected from the accident.
Witness Katherine Metz told KNXV-TV, "I heard a moan and a scream and I walked outside and saw him there with the fleur de lis completely in his neck and jaw area.”
Metz, who was a retired registered nurse, said that she ran to the man and held his head.
"His feet were on the ground, but the entire tip and three of the four side barbs were in his neck and jaw area," Metz told reporters at KNXV-TV.
Metz said that the man did not appear to live in the complex because he was climbing the fence out of the pool area where residents can access with a key.
"He was spitting up blood and at times it was like his knees were giving out, so I just held his head as much as I could," Metz said.