Six-Plus Decades Later, Bullet Removed From Woman's Head

By: CBS News
By: CBS News

Chinese doctors have removed a three-centimetre-long (1.18-inch-long) bullet from a woman's skull - 64 years after it lodged there when Japanese troops shot her.

Jin Guangying, 77, returned home early in May following a successful four-hour operation to have the bullet removed.

According to Zhou Hong, head of surgery at Renci Hospital in Jin's native Jiangsu province, she was later discharged in good condition.

"The bullet was not in a crucial position in her head. It didn't affect things like her breathing or heart beat. If the speed of the bullet wasn't fast enough when it hit her head, that's why she might have survived, although the chances of this would be slim", Zhou said.

Jin was 13 years old in 1943 when she was shot while delivering food to her father, a member of a guerrilla unit fighting the Japanese Imperial Army which had invaded the region in 1937, the Shanghai Daily newspaper reported.

She survived under her mother's care and the bullet apparently went undetected, the paper said.

It only showed up when her family took her to hospital for a scan, concerned about her periodic headaches and seizures that sometimes left her babbling and foaming at the mouth.

A hospital X-ray revealed a now-rusty, patina-green bullet, embedded in her head.

According to reports, Jin has since returned home to her village, a farming community where the original shooting occurred.

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