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October 11th, 2011
11:11 AM ET

Medical miracle: Four year old recovering after accident with a pencil

Four year-old Keegan Tinsdale was practicing writing his letters at a desk when he fell off his chair and the pencil he was holding went into his eye socket. Three inches of the pencil were stuck in Keegan's head, so far back that the writing utensil was not even visible anymore.

Doctors said that Keegan was about 1/16 of an inch away from death considering that the pencil went beside Keegan's eye, though the optic nerve canal and stopped just short of his internal carotid artery.

Keegan and his mother and father, Heather and Heath, sit down with Christine Romans on American Morning today to discuss the accident and to explain how Keegan is recovering.

CNN senior medical correspondent Elizabeth Cohen joins the conversation to discuss the surgery to remove the pencil and to discuss how the accident affected Keegan's vision.

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