Chinese woman has bullet lodged in her head removed after 48 years

What she thought had been a stone thrown at her was actually a bullet.
By Evan Bleier   |   March 18, 2014 at 10:53 AM   |   Comments

March 18 (UPI) -- A 62-year-old Chinese woman who was walking around with a bullet lodged in her head for the last 48 years has had successful surgery to remove it.

The woman, identified by China News as Zhao, was apparently struck in the head by an object when she was 14 that she always assumed to be a stone. As it turns out, it was a 2.5-centimeter bullet.

Zhao found out about the bullet about 10 years ago after she began experiencing symptoms like a chronic stuffy nose, headaches and swollen lymph nodes.

A doctor at First Hospital of China Medical University was able to remove the object from Zhao’s nasal cavity.

"I am happy that the bullet did not kill me, I am grateful to it for allowing me to live and have the opportunity of my life with my family," Zhao said according to a translation.

She was able to survive with the bullet lodged in her body because it “luckily dodged a major blood vessel [and] does not touch the vital organs,” according to physician Zhao Ning.

[China News]

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