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Incredible X-ray shows object lodged in war hero’s neck for 77 years
November 9, 2022
An ex-soldier's X-ray revealed a shocking surprise when a bullet turned out to still be in his neck 80 years later.
Zhao He, 95, had had the bullet lodged into his body ever since World War Two, but didn't even know it was there until medical staff at a hospital in Shandong, China, discovered the decades-old item.
His son-in-law Wang said Zhao was unaware he had ever been hit in the neck and that he had been shot many times during the war – and added that he even had more remnants of the war that remained in his body.
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Wang said: ''He was injured while carrying a wounded comrade across a river during one of the battles. There is shrapnel in other parts of his body as well.''
Miraculously, medical experts say the bullet has not caused Zhao any issues – despite having been stuck in his neck for 77 years.
Because of this and Zhao's age, the bullet will not be removed as to take it out would involve a risky surgery.
''I've been healthy all these years so there is no reason to change things now,'' Zhao said.
The army veteran joined China's military when he was a teen.
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He fought through two wars, including in the Korean War in the 1950s on the side of North Korea, against the US and South Korea.
He retired as a hero to pursue a simpler life and has since worked in local factories.
This is not the first time a World War Two veteran has had an experience like this.
In 2003, Scottish ex-soldier Robert Kincaid was also discovered to have a bullet stuck in his neck that had been there since World War Two.
Kincaid said at the time: "I knew I had been shot but always thought the bullet had gone in and out of my neck.
"It is quite something that it has been there all this time."
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The former corporal with the 7th Battalion The Argyll and Southern Highlanders said he went to hospital after he told his doctor that he kept losing his balance.
"I was left speechless when an X-ray showed this bullet in my neck," he said.
Neither had any adverse consequences from the bullets.
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