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article imageWoman had Bullet in Head for 64 years

By Chris V. Thangham     May 16, 2007 in World
X-ray finds a bullet in a Chinese woman's head, which came from a bullet wound she received 64 years ago.
A Chinese grandmother who went to hospital with a headache was found to have had a bullet in her head for 64 years.
Jin Guangying, 77, of Shuyang town, Jiangsu province, went to Shuyang Leniency Hospital for an x-ray. The x-ray revealed the bullet in her head as seen in the picture. Wang Zhengbang said they were shocked and surprised to see the bullet inside her head.
Jin said she was shot in 1943 during the Second World War against Japan and she was 13 at that time, was carrying supplies to her father who was fighting for China. She was asked to carry food for her father and his colleagues and was spotted by the Japanese army, which fired at her. One bullet passed through a corner of her right ear and she fell on the ground and lost consciousness.
When Jin woke up, she was home in bed; her family must have taken her back to safety. Her mother applied tradition Chinese medicines to the wound. She fully recovered after three months.
Another surprise was the bullet before it hit her, passed through the arm of a person who was standing beside her.
The doctor who operated on her and removed the rusty bullet from her head is amazed that the bullet stayed that long without causing any major problems.
“The fact that the bullet lost strength and speed passing through another person, and that the point it struck is not vital, may explain her survival,” he said.
If the bullet had not hit the arm of that person, it might have been a different case, but she is safe now.
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