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Bullet from Nigerian boy’s head removed

Published: 10th December 2012 09:00 AM  |   Last Updated: 10th December 2012 09:00 AM   |  A+A-

Eighteen-month-old Shiabu was playing in the garden outside his house in Borno, Nigeria. Suddenly, a bullet hit him on the back of his head.

Shiabu was bleeding from the crown of his head. His parents, thinking he was hit by a stone, rushed him to the nearby hospital where the doctor washed the wound and bandaged it. But he had no idea that there was a bullet in his head and it would stay there for four months.

After continuing with normal activities for a few days, Shiabu suffered pain again and his parents consulted a neurosurgeon who found that a bullet had penetrated 13 cm from the crown of his head to the base. However, sources said that the doctor refused to treat the child fearing complications.

Shiabu was brought to a private hospital in the city last Monday where doctors diagnosed that the bullet had invaded brain tissues and removed it.

Dr Sharad Rajamani, Consultant Neurosurgeon at the hospital where he was operated, said he is recovering well. Shiabu will fly back to Nigeria next week. 

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