After injuries sustained during a 25-foot fall forced doctors to remove part of Tim Barter's skull, surgeons have now reshaped their patient's head using a titanium plate and fat from his stomach.
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In June 2009, neighbors found Barter unconscious outside his home after he tried to climb a drainpipe, the BBC reports. The visual effects director had locked himself out of his house and was trying to climb in when he lost his grip and plummeted to the ground.
Barter suffered a shattered eye socket, a broken leg, brain hemorrhaging and went into a 10-day coma.
After the incident, Barter experienced a bit of double vision, which temporarily impaired him from usual activities.
"Life stopped for a couple of months," the Telegraph quotes Barter as saying. "I was frightened that my eyesight would never go back to normal..."
But now, life is returning to normal after physicians at King's College Hospital were able to reshape Barter's skull with a titanium plate and stomach fat, the British newspaper Metro reports.
Today, Barter is doing well and, interestingly enough, the 32-year-old has even taken to skydiving and rock climbing.
"I can't put anything off any more I'm doing what I've always put on my list," Barter told the BBC.
Robert Bentley, who pioneered Barter's treatment, said Barter's recovery was a testament to the quality of treatment available at King's College Hospital.
"Patients having sustained such injuries as [Barter's] highlight the fully integrated approach that we have as a major trauma centre," Bentley told the London Evening Standard.
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