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  • 11 January 2011, 11:09

Man shot in head sneezes out bullet

Bullet sneeze /Photolibrary

An Italian man who was shot in the head by a stray bullet during New Year's Eve celebrations is recovering after sneezing it out through his nose.

Darco Sangermano, 28, was hit in the temple by the .22 calibre bullet while wandering with his girlfriend through Naples, reports the Daily Telegraph.

The bullet went through the right side of his head, behind his eye socket and lodged in his nasal passage but incredibly did no serious damage.

He was taken to hospital in an ambulance but while waiting to be seen by doctors he sneezed and the bullet shot out of his right nostril.

Mr Sangermano, a craftsman from Turin, returned to his hometown after being released from hospital.

"The route of the bullet broke his temporal bone, near his temple, and this slowed down the bullet which grazed his eyeball without hitting it directly," Dr Guglielmo Ramieri told Gente magazine.

Surgeons operated on the eye, removing splinters of bone that the bullet left in its wake.

"The operation lasted several hours but he is fine," said Mr Sangermano's uncle, Vito Sangermano. "The doctors agree that he will not lose the use of his eye, even if for now his sight is blurry."

In the next few weeks Mr Sangermano will undergo laser surgery to repair damage to his retina and is expected to make a full recovery.