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UK: Pioneering op on shot Sunderland University student


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.

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Source/Credit: Sunday Sun
By Matthew McKenzie | November 11, 2012

GUN victim Ummad Farooq is recovering from pioneering surgery that removed a bullet embedded in his head – but still fears for his family’s safety.

The Sunderland University student and five members of his family were gunned down by two men on a bike in Karachi, in Pakistan.

The massacre killed his newly-wed brother and left his dad fighting for his life in Pakistan hospital.

But today, as Ummad recovers from the operation to remove the bullet, via his nose, he told the Sunday Sun that he fears for the safety of his family, who are still in Pakistan.

The 22-year-old, a chartered accountant, said: “I’m feeling very relieved after the operation but my family are still not safe. They are still hiding over there. The community is not safe over there.

“My family have been through so much trauma and they are still going through it.

“I was born over there and lived my whole life over there. I’m never going to get back to that home, never.”

Just this week Ummad, a post-graduate at the University, was told he had achieved a merit in his MBA Finance course.

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.

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

A CT scan had traced the damage and debris in the tract left by the bullet. The bullet narrowly missed the brain and was lodged next to Ummad’s right eye.

Following the operation in Birmingham, medics have told him he will be able to see more clearly in around two weeks.

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

It was the first time the tool has ever been used to remove a bullet.

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