A Chinese woman has survived a horrific accident after a metre-long metal bar was impaled in her forehead.
Chen Xiangyun, 56, regularly uses the curved bar to pull down tree branches for use as firewood.
According to one witness, the metal skewered her head when a thick branch she was hooking sprang up in her face.
Impaled: Chen Xiangyun was rushed to hospital with the metre-long bar skewered through her head
Accident: A witness said Chen was gathering firewood when a branch sprang back and the metal bar hit her in the head
Chen was rushed to hospital after the incident in Guangzhou, Guangdong Province, and surgeons acted rapidly to remove the tool.
Amazingly, she survived the operation and is now recovering in hospital.
Doctors say it is too early to tell how the accident may have affected her brain.
Medical emergency: Doctors operated to remove the bar, and Chen is now recovering in hospital