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Man survives pole through head

18 August 2012 Last updated at 17:10 BST

A Brazilian construction worker has survived after a 2m (six-foot) steel rod fell from above and pierced his head, doctors who treated him say.

Eduardo Leite was taken to a Rio de Janeiro hospital, where the rod was removed after five hours of surgery.

The doctors said he had responded well to treatment, suffering little pain.

Simon Clemison reports.