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Life of 5-year-old boy of Syria saved at Israeli hospital after being struck in the face by stray bullet

By Mason White 5:32 PM October 1, 2014
The bullet 

By: Aarav Sen
A father of Syria, was overwhelmed with joy when doctors were able to save his son, who was hit by a bullet.

The 5-year-old boy was treated at Rambam Hospital in Haifa.

He underwent a long and complicated surgery that saved his life.

The incident began when the boy heard shots being fired and ran toward his father. While running for cover, the bullet struck the boy’s face. The bullet traveled into his right cheek and then into his neck.

The victim’s father took his son and ran to an IDF hospital along the border with Syria. He was later transferred to the Rambam Hospital.

There, doctors performed tests to locate the bullet and found that it was close a to main vein.

“We explained to the father that the boy was lucky, because the bullet stopped before reaching a major artery,” said Dr. Salah Nasser.

The surgery lasted for two hours, and doctors were able to remove the bullet from the child.

Outside the operating room, the concerned father was very excited with the news that his son was out of danger.

“He hugged us and thanked us for saving his son,” Nasser said. The child is now recovering from surgery and is expected to be discharged in a few days.