Russian man lives for 62 years with a bullet in his heart


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DWS1117
May 5, 2005, 01:11 PM
If this is true, what an amazing story.

http://english.pravda.ru/main/18/90/361/15408_bullet.html

Russian man lives for 62 years with a bullet in his heart - 05/04/2005 16:00

If surgeons had removed the bullet, the young man would have died instantly

When machine-gunner Stepan Bobrov came to his senses in a field hospital after a fierce battle, military doctors told the young man that he had suffered a very serious wound, which they virtually regarded as mortal at first. Stepan was wounded in the heart in December of 1943. The school graduate was sent to wage war against Nazis to the Second Ukrainian Front.

¦I remember that it was a battle for a Ukrainian village. I was running with my machine gun, when I suddenly saw a Nazi sniper aiming his gun at me from a house roof. After that I only remember myself falling down to the ground, and that was all,¦ Stepan Bobrov said.

The young man recovered in a field hospital only 12 days after the injury. A surgeon surprised Stepan only three months later: the doctor told him that he had been wounded directly in the heart. The bullet went into the man's throat, plunged into the body between the collar-bones, severed lungs and stuck in the pericardial pleura.

When the wounded soldier wondered if doctors were going to take the bullet out of his heart, the surgeon answered that he would have to continue his life with it. ?If we take it out, you will die instantly. Now you will need to eat a lot, in order to accumulate fat around the bullet,¦ the doctor said.

As soon as Stepan recovered from the wound, he returned to the front at once. Luckily, his other battle wounds were a lot less serious. Another outstanding incident happened with Stepan later, when a shell hit a small house, in which a group of Soviet soldiers were spending the night. Stepan Bobrov was the only serviceman of the group to survive the blast.

War veteran Stepan Bobrov has been living with the bullet in the heart for more than 60 years now. The bullet was causing problems to the man in airports only, when metal detectors reacted to it. Mr. Bobrov had to carry the X-ray picture of his chest to show it to suspicious airport officers.

Stepan Bobrov is 80 years old now. In a year the elderly man plans to celebrate the diamond wedding with his wife Anastasia.

On the KP photo: Stepan Bobrov and the X-ray picture of his heart

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Control Group
May 5, 2005, 01:49 PM
How can it not be true? It's from Pravda!

Mongo the Mutterer
May 5, 2005, 01:54 PM
Sounds like socialized medicine at its very best. Don't do anything...eat well, Comrade.

jefnvk
May 5, 2005, 01:58 PM
Just goes to show that no bullet is a magic death wand.

Preacherman
May 5, 2005, 02:19 PM
So he was "plugged" in more ways than one! :D

(I know, I know, it's a heartless comment... :neener: )

DMK
May 5, 2005, 02:36 PM
I was running with my machine gun, when I suddenly saw a Nazi sniper aiming his gun at me from a house roof. After that I only remember myself falling down to the ground... Living after that's gotta make some interesting nightmares.

heypete
May 5, 2005, 02:43 PM
Lucky bastard! Talk about a stroke of luck.

Fate must have smiled on him that day...

The Rabbi
May 5, 2005, 02:49 PM
This is not so unusual.

My kids have a babysitting couple from Ukraine. The husband is now 81 or so. During the Battle of Stalingrad he was hit by an airburst and wounded 24 times, including shrapnel in his heart (or milimeters away). Soviet hospitals at the time were not exactly equipped with modern medicine, even for then. He was sick for a year but recovered and is obviously fine now. He has smoked every day since he was about 16 btw. They made those guys tough in the old days.

yy
May 5, 2005, 05:01 PM
The movie Unbreakable comes to mind.

Standing Wolf
May 5, 2005, 05:25 PM
What a heart-warming story!

fiVe
May 5, 2005, 07:46 PM
So he was "plugged" in more ways than one!

Oh Preacherman, have a heart. :p


I will admit that it is a heart-warming story.

El Tejon
May 5, 2005, 07:52 PM
"Placement, it's all you need." :uhoh:

natedog
May 5, 2005, 07:55 PM
Yet another case of the 8mm Mauser's inneffectivenes! If only they hadn't been using a mousgun round :rolleyes: .

threeseven
May 6, 2005, 09:20 AM
I realise it's an FMJ, but I'm still amazed that the round is not deformed at all.

The Rabbi
May 6, 2005, 10:40 AM
I realise it's an FMJ, but I'm still amazed that the round is not deformed at all.

Why? In Shooting To Live Fairbarin writes about shooting a crook with a .455 Webley LRN 6 times. Five of the bullets passed clean through the body. One lodged in the shoulder and was recovered, barely deformed. The bad guy was subdued when the Sikh policeman caught up to him and bashed him on the head with the butt of the Webley.
Now back to the regularly scheduled thread.

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