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A 62-year-old woman in northeast China has had surgery to remove a bullet that had been lodged in her head for 48 years without her knowledge, according to local news website

A doctor at the First Hospital of China Medical University, a hospital affiliated with the university in Shenyang in northeastern China’s Liaoning province, successfully extracted a bullet 2.5cm long and 0.5cm in diameter from the head of the woman, surnamed Zhao.

Over the past 10 years, Zhao has experienced a chronic stuffy nose, headaches and swollen lymph nodes. She has relied on anti-inflammatory drugs to relieve the pain.

After undergoing the surgery, she realized that what she thought was a small stone that struck her right temple when she was 14 years old was actually a stray bullet. “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.

Earlier, Zhao had gone to be examined after the pain in her nose became increasingly unbearable and a doctor found there was a metal object inside her nose. This doctor told her it would be necessary to cut her nose and upper lip to remove it, but Zhao was scared of the thought of surgery and did not proceed at that time.

Eventually, however, the pain became too great and Zhao decided to undergo surgery. The doctor who operated on her did not cut her nose and upper lip to take out the bullet, but instead used a minimally invasive procedure.

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