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Boy Credits ‘Black Panther’ And Jesus For Saving His Life After A Meat Skewer Went Through His Head

An 10-year-old boy survived his head being impaled with a metal skewer. The Missouri native credits his life to Jesus, and the Marvel movie, Black Panther.

I recommend reading this article or watching that video before making your judgments.

Xavier Cunningham was playing in his tree house last September, when a swarm of wasps tried to attack him. He fell from the tree and landed on a metal meat skewer.

He was quickly taken to the hospital, then transferred to the University of Kansas hospital where he had surgery to remove the skewer. Miraculously, the rod missed every vital piece of his head.

It missed his eyes, spinal cord, and major blood vessels. The most complicated matter was the skewer being square-shaped, necessitating doctors be careful with the sharp edges.

It was a one in a million chance.

Dr. Koji Ebersole, director of endovascular neurosurgery at the University of Kansas said,

“I have not seen anything passed to that depth in a situation that was survivable, let alone one where we think the recovery will be near complete if not complete.”

Now, after his recovery, he’s talking about the injury. In an interview with CBN News, he credits Jesus with protecting him.

However, it was when he was asked how he knew not to pull the skewer out of his head that is making headlines.

“I watched Black Panther. At the end of it, how he just takes it out and dies. I was like, ‘Nope!’”

Xavier is referring to the ending scene of Black Panther where the villain, Erik ‘Killmonger’ Stevens (Michael B. Jordan) is stabbed in the gut by Ta’challa. After a memorable speech in the Wakandan sun, he pulls the dagger out of his stomach and bleeds out, dying.

Thanks Killmonger!




John Jessup with CBN News interviewed Xavier recently, after the boy’s recovery and just ahead of the Oscars.

“So you’re telling me that by watching that scene you knew not to pull out the skewer from your face?”

The boy responded with a giggling,

“Kind of!”

Xavier has been given a clean bill of health, with barely any scarring. The mayor of his town even declared a Saturday in October “Xavier Cunningham Miracle Day”.

Marvel’s Black Panther was the second highest grossing film of 2018, and a first time Best Picture nomination for Marvel Studios at the Academy Awards. Looks like they can now add “life saver” to its accolades.


Written by Ben Acosta

Ben Acosta is an Arizona-based fiction author and freelance writer. In his free time, he critiques media and acts in local stage productions.