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Afghan soldier took 14.5mm bullet to head and survived!


Last year Fox News reported on an Afghan soldier who had a 14.5mm bullet embedded in his head. Neurosurgeon Maj. John Bini, anesthesiologist Maj. Jeffrey Rengel and a member of the bomb disposal team removed the bullet at the Bagram Air Field hospital.

 

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Fox News indicated that it was a high explosive round. A high-explosive (HE) 14.5×114mm load does exist, but judging from the x-ray photo it looks like it contains a solid metal core with a cavity in front. The bullet looks almost identical to the Chinese 14.5mm API (armor-piercing incendiary) bullet pictured below.

 

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14.5mm Round Cut-Away. Photo © Paul Smith / International Ammunition Association  

 

The mystery has been solved. It turns out the round was not fired from a gun but was used as shrapnel in an IED. It would have been travelling much slower, and probably tumbling, when it hit the soldier. Sprites.com has interviewed the surgeon and anesthesiologist who performed the operation.



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