Man lives for years unaware he was shot in the head

A Polish man living in Germany discovered, after getting an X-Ray, that he had been living since 2004 or 2005 with a bullet lodged in his head.

Photo published by German police.

The Local reports

“He must really have a strong constitution,” said Schütte, who spoke with the patient while he recovered in the hospital following an operation on Friday. “He was of course intoxicated at the time he felt the blow. It was New Year’s Eve so naturally he’d had a bit more than usual to drink.”

Doctors informed police in the Ruhr Valley city immediately, and they are now searching for the shooter, who faces charges of negligent bodily harm.

This is not the first time I have heard about something like this happening. It also reminds me of the shooting where hair weave stopped a .40 S&W bullet.

[ Many thanks to David and Rob for emailing me the link. ]

Steve Johnson

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  • Mark K.

    God protects the fools and the drunk.

  • John C.

    I remember some story where a guy lived for like 30 years after being shot in the head. The bullet was lodged in such a way that it would kill him if they removed it, but it was not hurting him where it was.

  • Zach

    I remember some story about a guy who lived with a bullet lodge in his brain. The bullet would eventually kill him, but until then, he was completely unable to feel pain. He then went on to try to destroy Istanbul by detonating the reactor of a Russian nuclear sub, but was stopped and killed by a British MI6.

    Back on the subject, it says they are searching for the shooter, but are they really? Do they really think they have a chance in hell of finding the guy who did it? For all they know, he could have done it to himself in a drunken stupor.

  • Zach

    *MI6 agent.

  • Jim

    Was that a book or a real guy, Zach? What was his name?

  • me

    Reminds me of a quote at another forum, that a frequent poster used at the bottom of each post. “If I ever found out that you shot me with a .25, id kick your ass!”

    Years ago I was watching some reality police/medical show. They drug some old homeless dude in from the streets for some reason regarding an injury.
    They x rayed him and he had close to a dozen bullets in him still, they showed the x ray print, both rifle and pistol. They asked him how many times he had been shot, he said had no idea. His only explanation was, “when I was younger I used to drink a lot and fight alot”.

  • Peter

    @Jim, its James Bond, one of the Pierce Brosnan movies