in Colorado Springs has the details.
(BEGIN VIDEOTAPE)NICOLE VANDEPUTTE, REPORTER, KOAA (voice over): Chris Clear`s (ph) unbelievable story starts in April.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: It`s changed his
life because of what happened to him. VANDEPUTTE
: As a volunteer firefighter in Penrose, his
free time was spent saving lives.Until the accident.He
was helping a friend move a rototiller when something snapped.
: Chris (ph) went to St. Thomas More Hospital
in Canyon City.
: But the pain got worse.
: That`s right.A large metal spike from the rototiller was lodged in his
brain.It was that, not a rock, that hit him.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: The blunt part of the pin actually hit me first, and it hit me right next to the nose and it came back and traveled all the way to the back of my head, and it ended up back here.It stopped by hitting the back of my skull. VANDEPUTTE
: Twenty-four hours after the spike pierced his
brain, another x-ray and a second trip to the hospital finally found it.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: He
said, "You need to sit down."And he
said -- he
said, "Chris (ph) has a metal pin in his
brain."My knees buckled and I just hit the floor. VANDEPUTTE
: An ambulance rushed Chris (ph) and his mom, Dawn (ph), to a Denver hospital.
: Luckily, that pin just missed several major arteries.And after nine hours of surgery...
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: It was like we were in a movie.That double door opened up and there the doctor was holding this pin, you know, like this. VANDEPUTTE: Two months later, Chris (ph) is working again as a volunteer and training to be an EMT.
feels fine.There`s not even a scar.Just the pin.