By Calvin Palmer
A Polish man living in Germany has spent the last five years with a bullet in the back of his head without ever realizing it.
The 35-year-old construction worker, of Herne, in the Ruhr, went to see a doctor recently when he felt a lump on the back of his head.
An X-ray showed a .22-caliber bullet lodged in the back of his head. It had not penetrated his skull.
The man told doctors he recalled being hit by something while celebrating the New Year in either 2004 or 2005, and remembered having a sore head, but he was not really one for going to the doctor.
“He must really have a strong constitution,” said Bochum police spokesman Volker Schütte.
“He was of course intoxicated at the time he felt the blow. It was New Year’s Eve so naturally he’d had a bit more than usual to drink.”
Police have now launched an investigation to find the shooter, who faces charges of negligent bodily harm.
Investigators believe that someone likely rang in the New Year with a shot, unintentionally hitting the man.
“It may have been a shot fired up in the air which entered his head on the way down,” said Schütte. “The power behind the bullet was low, otherwise he would have sustained much more severe injuries.”
Doctors removed the bullet last Friday and the man is expected to be discharged from hospital later this week.