Phineas Gage was foreman in a railroad construction gang, and his special skill was blasting. One day, that began like any other day, Phineas was working. Little did he know he would soon be in an accident that would change his life.
The Medical Miracle
Something distracted Phineas, and as it did, his tamping iron ended up in the hole full of unsteady gunpowder. When it exploded, it cannoned out the tamping iron through Gage's head.
Gage isn't Gage anymore...
Miraculously, Gage didn't die. He remained awake and fully functional. As someone road ahead to town to fetch the doctor, he rode in a wagon. Little did they know, there would be a wait in store.
After a thirty minute long wait, they finally got a doctor to Phineas. When the doctor asked his friends what happened, Gage told him a tamping iron went through his head. To which the doctor figured was a delusion.
A pole... went through... my head.
After his accident, Phineas' body almost completely healed, his mind was all but the opposite. He became short-tempered, mean, and demanding. So much so that his friends and family said he was practically a different person.
After eleven years, six months, seventeen days, on May twenty-first, eighteen sixty, Phineas Gage eventually passed away from Status Epi