A three-centimetre long needle was removed from a woman's head in China after doctors operated on her to bring her out of a coma

Forty-nine-year old Lin Xuefen collapsed on the Lunar New Year's day and went into a coma.

Her sudden illness was a mystery until a medical examination revealed the needle.

Lin had met with a traffic accident 18 years ago and has since suffered regular headaches. She was in good condition after the surgery, China Daily reported Tuesday.