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Bullet in Pakistani's face removed through nose

Posted on Nov 07, 09:16AM | IANS

In a pioneering surgery in Britain, a bullet has been removed from a Pakistani's face through his nose.

The 22-year-old Ummad Farooq was shot in the forehead during an ambush at his brother's wedding in Pakistan's port city of Karachi. Local surgeons told him that the surgery to remove bullet was too risky. He was brought to Birmingham Oct 27.

Farooq underwent an hour-long operation Sunday at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Edgbaston - potentially saving his sight, Daily Mail reported.

Leading ear nose and throat consultant Shahzada Ahmed removed the bullet using a Cyclops, a new instrument that enables the surgeon to see better and carry out operations quicker.

Ahmed said: "I have never used the Cyclops in this way and it is quite unique to remove a bullet through a patient's nose.

"However, leaving the bullet inside Ummad, meant there was a possibility that he could have gone blind, or that the area would have become infected."

Farooq, who was studying at Sunderland University, is now recovering at the privately-run BMI Edgbaston Hospital.

"I'm very grateful for what Mr Ahmed has done.

"When I came here the bullet was still lodged just under my right eye causing double vision. But after surgery on Sunday I am seeing things much clearer now," said Farooq.