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Doctor removes pencil from brain
BERLIN — A woman who had a pencil lodged in her head for 55 years after a childhood accident has finally had most of it removed, which should end her chronic headaches and nosebleeds, her doctor said yesterday.
Margaret Wegner was 4 when she fell while carrying the 3.15-inch pencil, which went through her cheek and into her brain.
At the time, technology did not exist to safely remove the pencil, so Mrs. Wegner had to live with it — and the ensuing chronic headaches and nosebleeds — for the next five decades.
But on Friday, Dr. Hans Behrbohm, an ear, nose and throat specialist at Berlin’s Park-Klinik Weissensee, was able to identify the exact location of the pencil so he could determine the risks of removing it, and then took most of it out.
Medics beaten over polio shots
KHAR — Armed men abducted and beat 11 health workers sent to a Pakistani tribal area to administer polio vaccinations to children yesterday, forcing the suspension of the campaign, officials said.
Tribesmen in Bajaur tribal district bordering Afghanistan refused to allow the vaccinations to take place after hearing rumors that the drive was a “U.S. plot” to sterilize Muslim children, residents said.
The polio is also present in India, Afghanistan and Nigeria.
Russia accused of air attack
TBILISI — Georgia accused Russia of “undisguised aggression” yesterday, saying two Russian warplanes intruded on its airspace and fired a missile that landed near a house. Russia denied the charge — the latest dispute between Moscow and the former Soviet republic.
The Interior Ministry said two Russian Su-24s illegally entered Georgia’s airspace Monday night over the Gori region, about 35 miles northwest of the capital, and fired a missile that landed 25 yards from a house on the edge of the village of Shavshvebi.
By Bob Dole
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