Member Phineas P. Gage? He was the person that had survived an accident where a large metal rod impaled his face and has lived through it. But here is another one that got hit in the head and lived to tell the tale, only this time, it’s a bullet.
Based from the Journal JAMA Ophthalmology published on November 2017, a CT scan of a 45-year-old man shows that there is a .22-caliber bullet stuck in the back of the man’s right eye socket. The man was rushed to the University of California San Francisco’s ER, where a CT scan was made to see where the bullet is located in his head and to what extent the damage is.
According to the CT scan, the bullet entered near the tear duct, on the corner of the man’s eye, but did not fractured the skull. The bullet was also lodged against one of the muscles that move the eye around, the inferior rectus muscle. This also caused the eyeball to “pop” out of the eye socket by 3 millimetres, scientifically known as a proptosis. “An examination revealed normal pupillary light reflexes, a visual acuity of 20/70 OD and 20/40 OS, and normal color vision OU”, the researchers write in their paper.
The bullet would have caused more harm or possibly killed the person if it didn’t pass through a wooden door and reduced its velocity. “Postoperatively, the patient’s pain rapidly resolved and his visual acuity remained unchanged,” the researchers added.
But this is not the first time that a bullet was decelerated and has caused less harm to a person. In 2010, a woman was shot in the chest and would have died if it were not for her breast implants. Scientists then made an experiment similar to it and observed that a breast implant could “significantly [decrease] ballistics gel penetration” by up to 20 percent. That’s enough to save a life.
But let’s hope that the man shot in the eye wouldn’t have any behavioural changes like Phineas P. Gage, or else he could be a living case study.
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