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UK: Shot Sunderland student to have bullet removed


This is the first time the tool has been used to remove a bullet. A CT scan had traced the damage and debris in the tract left by the bullet. The bullet narrowly missed the brain and is lodged next to Ummad’s right eye.

Ahmadiyya Times | News Watch |
Source/Credit: Sunday Sun
By: Katie Davies | November 4, 2012

A NORTH student who was gunned down in a terror attack is to undergo a pioneering operation to remove a bullet embedded in his head.

Ummad Farooq, 22, and five members of his family were shot at by two men on a bike in Karachi, the country’s largest city.

The Sunderland University student’s newly-wed brother was killed in the attack, which also left his dad fighting for his life in a Pakistan hospital.

His brother’s new father-in-law, from New York, is also in a critical condition.

It is believed the family were targeted because they are members of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community – a community whose peace mission puts them directly at loggerheads with extremists.

Ummad, a chartered accountant who is reading for an MBA, said: “My family wanted me to study out of the country in order to stay safe – that is why, for the past year, I have been in England for my postgraduate degree.

“I only went to Pakistan a few weeks ago for my brother’s wedding. After the wedding, we were attacked as we returned home from Friday prayers.

“My father was driving the car while I, my two uncles and my newly-wed brother’s father-in-law were in the car. My brother was riding a bike. As we were half-way home, we heard a gunshot.

“My father saw from the side mirror that my brother was on the ground and was bleeding. He had been fatally wounded.

“As Papa stopped the car, there were two men on a bike who opened fire on us.”

As the attackers opened fire Ummad was shot in the head and, despite being injured, his dad managed to drive them to hospital.

Now Ummad will undergo an operation to remove the bullet – via his nose – in a hospital in Birmingham.

It is being carried out thanks to a new tool called Cyclops, which allows surgeons to look around corners through a small endoscope inserted into the nose.

This is the first time the tool has been used to remove a bullet. A CT scan had traced the damage and debris in the tract left by the bullet. The bullet narrowly missed the brain and is lodged next to Ummad’s right eye.

Surgeon Shahz Ahmed, who is leading the medical team, will carry out the operation today .

“It is amazing that I can have the bullet removed in this way, and my surgeon hopes that removing the other fragments that we can see on my scan will also reduce the chance of further infections and may help improve my double vision,” said Ummad.

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