New York Times - Stabbed in Brain, Officer Escaped 'Death's Door'

The wild swing connected to the left side of the police officer's head, a presumed punch until the blood started flowing. The officer, Eder Loor, reached to his temple and felt the handle of a knife. "He is probably the luckiest unlucky man you could ever have," said Dr. Joshua Bederson from The Mount Sinai Medical Center.

 – April 19, 2012 /Press Release/  –– 

The wild swing connected to the left side of the police officer’s head, a presumed punch until the blood started flowing. The officer, Eder Loor, reached to his temple and felt the handle of a knife. He pulled the knife out, his wife later learned, not realizing then just how seriously injured he was. By any odds, Officer Loor should have been killed or left brain-dead on Tuesday, after a confrontation with a 26-year-old ex-convict in East Harlem. “He is probably the luckiest unlucky man you could ever have,” said Dr. Joshua Bederson from The Mount Sinai Medical Center. The folding knife’s three-inch blade passed half an inch below structures that control motor functions and another half-inch from structures that control vision. It touched the nerve that gives sensation to the face and nicked, but did not penetrate, a major artery, Dr. Bederson said. “It was a millimeter from everything; it was ridiculous,” he said. “You don’t want to overemphasize, but he was at death’s door. He was minutes away from crashing.” Read More