Disasters · England

Man dies 3 weeks after being impaled through eye socket with javelin

June 10, 1999
Merseyside, England
Jon Desborough dies of complications after being impaled through the eye with a javelin

Desborough, a physical education teacher at Liverpool College, slipped while retrieving a javelin. The fall caused his head to impact the blunt end of the javelin, sending it though his eye socket and causing severe brain damage. Desborough was in a coma for three weeks following the accident and developed a chest infection on June 8, which led to his death.

Clipping: The Guardian (London, England) June 11, 1999

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