The hero of today’s story is an unnamed Polish resident of Herne in western Germany. When the 35-year-old man sought medical treatment for what he thought was a cyst, they discovered just how wild his New Year celebration of five years ago had been. They found a .22 caliber bullet lodged between skin and skull, in the back of his head.
On seeing the 5.6mm projectile, the man recalled that he had “received a blow to the head” somewhere around midnight of New Year’s Eve in 2004 or 2005. Details were patchy for he had been “very drunk” at the time.
He experienced some pain the next day but “not really one for going to the doctor” he did not seek medical attention for his injury. He would not seek medical attention for another five years (or was that six?) when the recurring soreness around the bullet that was sitting in the back of his head finally aroused his concerns.
Police are not treating his shooting as suspicious, as they believe that the bullet was celebratory in nature:
It may have been a shot fired up in the air which entered his head on the way down.
He was released from hospital after the bullet was removed. [Brisbane Times]