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21/10/2009
'Lucky' soldier escapes gunshot with just whiplash

A British soldier was very lucky to escape with nothing more than whiplash after he was shot in the head in Afghanistan.

The 24-year-old lance corporal was sent flying by the force of a Taliban bullet which mercifully only penetrated the helmet.

The incident happened while the soldier was on patrol looking for explosive devices with the 1st Battalion Grenadier Guards in Helmand province.

The soldier said of his injury, "Out of nowhere I got shot in the head it knocked me straight on my back. It only just penetrated the helmet. It hit me 2cm above my right eye and left a small cut on my forehead."

A major with the Royal Army Medical Corps said: "This is one lucky man. A few millimetres lower and it would have been a very different outcome."

When the soldier was withdrawn to the field hospital, medical staff was surprised to find the only personal injuries the soldier had suffered was slight concussion and whiplash.

 


 

 

 
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