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OAK LAWN, Ill. (AP) Dante Autullo thought his doctors were joking and was sure he'd merely cut himself with a nail gun while building a shed.

But they assured him the X-ray was real: A nail was lodged in the middle of the suburban Chicago man's brain.

Autullo was recovering Friday after undergoing surgery, where doctors removed the 3 1/4-inch nail. It had come within millimeters of the part of the brain that controls motor function.

The 32-year-old from Orland Park says he asked doctors if they'd gotten the X-ray out of their 'joke file.' He says the doctors replied: 'No man, that's in your head.'

Autullo says he was building a shed Tuesday and using the nail gun above his head when he fired it, but didn't realize it struck him.

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