Bullet parts removed from Omani youth’s brain after eight-hour surgery in India

January 02, 2019

Doctors at a private hospital in India’s Kochi city have removed parts of a bullet from the brain and chin of a 17 year old from Oman after an eight-hour surgery.

According to Indian media reports, Abdul Qader Mohammed Hamed al Alawi, 17, accidentally fired a gun at himself while trying to kill a cat which attacked birds at his chicken farm in Jalaan Bani Bu Ali, about 280km from Muscat on November 20. A part of the bullet remained inside his chin while another part pierced through his tongue and nose and landed in his brain.

Though the bullet parts inside his chin were partly removed in Oman, he was brought to Kochi’s VPS Lakeshore Hospital on December 18 to remove the remaining bullet parts.

Dr Sudish Karunakaran, the hospital’s head of Neurosurgery, said the surgery was done in two parts. First, they performed a frontal craniotomy to open the skull. Later, a team of ENT and oral and maxillofacial surgeons removed the remaining bullet parts.

Alawi said he was feeling a lot better after the surgery. “I was on ventilator support for four days after the surgery. I have fully recovered and ready for discharge,” he was quoted as saying by the hospital in India.

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