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Preschooler impaled through eye by drumstick

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4-year-old kids trip and fall at school all the time. But for one Phoenix boy, his fall could have left him blind with serious brain damage. That's because he fell onto a stick and it went right through his eye socket.

This little boy spent 5 hours in surgery, as doctors carefully removed a drumstick from his brain. His mom said during this entire episode, her son amazingly remained very calm.

It's the kind of phone call every parent dreads.

"Come now to the preschool, that the ambulance is taking Alonzo and that he had something in his eye," recalls Emily Trinidad.

Emily Trinidad had no idea that "something" was a drumstick -- and it not only penetrated her 4-year-old son Alonzo's eye socket, it was lodged inside his brain.

"You didn't see the eye, all you saw was a stick lodged in the eye socket."

Paramedics very carefully transported him from his preschool to the hospital. Any slight movement could've caused significant damage.

Alonzo's dad held his son's hand trying hard not to cry.

"I started talking to him I told him I'm here daddy's here," says Leonel Trinidad.

Doctors say its one of the most bizarre accidents they've ever seen.

"The trajectory of the drumstick was something like this…"

Dr. Ratan Bhardwaj, a neurosurgeon at Phoenix Children's Hospital, removed the stick from Alonzo's brain.

"You can see this black thing is actually the foreign object and you can actually see it penetrating inside his brain," says Dr. Bhardwaj.

He had to be very careful not to damage Alonzo's eyeball or the muscles surrounding it.

"You never know when you're getting into an operation like this, what to expect, but expect the worst, hope for the best."

And miraculously, the surgery was a success.

Take a look at Alonzo today -- happy, healthy, expected to make a full recovery.

"I collapsed that's when it hit me I had to go to a consultation room and collapse because it was a miracle," says Emily.

Alonzo has a slight scar on his head, but says the moment he woke up, he couldn't wait to get home.

"I wanted to play," he says.

His older brothers were eager to see him again. Alonzo is a very lucky little boy.

To the doctors who saved him: "thank you!"

And Alonzo's parents say they can't thank doctors enough for what they did.

They're also amazed at the teacher who found him. She remained very calm and was able to get him away from the classroom without the other kids seeing him and called for help.

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