Thursday, 23. October 2014
22. 08. 14. - 16:00
An eight-year-old boy blasted himself in the face after filling his father's home-made blunderbuss-type shotgun with fireworks to try and copy a scene he had watched on a Tom and Jerry cartoon.
Schoolboy Wu Yuan had apparently partially dismantled the fireworks in order to stuff them into the gun, hoping to create a spectacular blast just like he had seen on the cartoon.
But when he ignited the mixture, it not only created a bigger blast than he had expected, it also exploded a shotgun shell sending 86 pellets thudding into his head.
Police spokesman Sheng Wan said: "The shotgun shell exploded in the gun that had the muzzle blocked with fireworks. Had he actually shot himself in the head out of the barrel of the gun there is no doubt he would not have survived. But the pellets apparently exploded out of the breach leaving him seriously injured, but still alive."
The boy was rushed to a hospital in Hefei, the capital of eastern China's Anhui Province, for emergency treatment but was later transferred to the bigger Shanghai No. 9 People's Hospital in order to receive better care. Doctors at the large hospital reportedly carried out a five-hour face rebuilding operation that would involve removing 86 pellets from the boy's face.
They had also needed to rebuild the part of his skull destroyed by the pellets including the section which contained the sockets for his teeth.
Medics said the gun had been a home-made one of the type often seen in rural China and created by farmers mainly to scare off pests like rabbits.
Dr Xie Ting that led the team in Shanghai working on the child said he was still in intensive care but was in a stable condition and was expecting to pull through. The doctor expects however that he will need extensive surgery in the future to continue to put things right and to rebuild his shattered face.
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