Mumbai docs remove bullet from man’s nose without surgery

For the 25-year-old, vegetable vendor from Pratapgarh, Uttar Pradesh, the evening of December 6 proved to be horrendous and life took a U-turn. At 6.30 pm, he winded up with his daily chore and collected all his money. Soon the tables turned as it was the last time he could see through his left eye


Ashok Pandey was a happy-go-lucky man, who earned his livelihood by selling vegetables. Like every day, he went to sell vegetables but little did he know that the last Wednesday would be fatal for him. On December 6, Pandey who is a vegetable vendor from Uttar Pradesh, left for home with his day’s earnings. On the way back to home, he was stopped by six robbers who fired bullets at him.


The bullet that hit Pandey went straight from above his right eyebrow into his left eye, diagonally cutting across the eye. Immediately, he was rushed to a nearby hospital. However, no treatment seemed to be working on him. Finally, on December 10, he was brought to Sir JJ Group of Hospitals.

Doctors at the Sir JJ Group of Hospitals, performed endoscopic sinus surgery, on him which is a minimally invasive surgery and thereby gave a new lease of life by giving him timely and an appropriate treatment. Endoscopy is a nonsurgical procedure used to examine a person’s internal organs or the digestive tract. Using an endoscope, a flexible tube with a light and camera attached to it, your doctor can view pictures of your digestive tract on a colour TV monitor.


“It was a very unique case as we generally don’t get bullet hurts in Mumbai. Secondly, the prime motto was to remove the bullet without leaving any scars. We then, thought of operating him using endoscopy technology which is a new facility available in the government hospitals. Using this, his bullet was removed from his nose without any scars,” said Dr Shrinivas Shripatrao Chavan, Professor and HOD ENT department at Sir JJ Group of Hospitals.

According to doctors, Pandey’s health is improving. Soon, he will undergo an eye surgery. “This procedure in a government hospital is unique. The patient is really happy and is doing absolutely fine,” said Dr Karthik Rao, chief resident doctor, Sir JJ Group of Hospitals.