Man lives with bullet lodged in his heart for TWO MONTHS - and every beat during that time could have killed him

Man lives with bullet lodged in his heart for TWO MONTHS -

and every beat during that time could have killed him

 

  • Bharat Sharma was shot on July 22 as he tried to pay in cheques at the bank
  • One bullet hit the 32-year-old's waist and another lodged 1mm from his heart
  • Doctors immediately removed the one in his waist, but feared operating on the second bullet would risk the newly married man's life
  • Eventually doctors at the SalHospital in Gujarat agreed to take on his case
  • A team of five surgeons successfully removed the bullet on September 23
  • The bullet was a 1mm from puncturing the left chamber of his heart
  • Every time his heart beat there was the potential for it to kill him




 

An Indian man survived for two months with a bullet lodged just in his heart after walking in on a bank robbery.

Bharat Sharma, from Aligarh in Uttar Pradesh, northern India was shot on July 22 as thieves targeted his local bank.

As the 32-year-old tried to deposit a number of cheques for his company, he walked in on the ambush.

Two 20-caliber bullets were fired - one hit Mr Sharma's waist, while the other became lodged in his heart.

  

Bharat Sharma, from Aligarh in Uttar Pradesh, survived for two months with a bullet lodged in his heart after walking in on a bank robbery

 

An X-ray shows the 20-caliber bullet lodged in the 32-year-old's chest. Another bullet, which hit his waist, was removed within days of the ambush in July but two sets of doctors refused to operate on the bullet lodged in Mr Sharma's heart, for fear surgery would kill the newly married man

 

But eventually doctors at the SalHospital in Ahmedabad, Gujarat, agreed to take on Mr Sharma's case and successfully removed the bullet on September 23

A week after the robbery, surgeons at the JawaharlalNehruMedicalCollege in Aligarh, removed the bullet in Mr Sharma's waist.

But doctors refused to remove the bullet in his heart, fearing the newly married man would lose his life. 


A second referral to
SafdarjungHospital in New Delhi saw Mr Sharma refused for surgery a second time.

For two months he lived with the bullet lodged in his heart.

Mr Sharma has been left with an impressive scar

 

Eventually doctors at SalHospital in Ahmedabad, Gujarat, accepted the challenge and agreed to take on Mr Sharma's case.

They successfully removed the 20-caliber bullet yesterday. 

Dr Anil Jain, Cardiac Surgeon, who led the surgery, said: 'It was a very rare case and extraordinary that he was living with a bullet in his heart for two months.

'The bullet was lodged in the heart muscle before the apex of the left ventricle, one of the two chambers of the heart. 

'It was just a millimetre away from puncturing the left chamber and could've killed him.

'Whenever the heart pumped, the bullet would've moved proving fatal. 

'It's a unique story and he's been a very lucky man.'

During the three-hour surgery, the team of five doctors put Mr Sharma on a life support machine so they could take out the bullet and stitching up the vital organs with less risk. 

His brother Manish Sharma, 38, said: 'I am relieved that my brother has got a new life. 

'I am thankful to the doctors for accepting our case and giving him his life back.'

Mr Sharma, who is now recovering at the hospital's ICU, wants to preserve the bullet as a reminder of how close he came to death.

The bullet will also be used as evidence in the case against the burglars, who are still on the run.

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