Wang Tianqing, a farmer from China’s northern Hebei province, who had been suffering from convulsions for more than two decades, discovered his problems were caused by a bullet inside his brain.
Mr Wang got shot in 1988, but back then medical staff could find nothing wrong and gave him an anti-inflammatory.
“I saw a man standing on a hill and thought he’d hit me. I thought I’d been hit by a slingshot,” Mr Wang recalled the incident.
Shortly afterwards Mr Wang began having occasional convulsions, and when they worsened last year, his family decided it was time to get a second opinion.
The Chinese surgeon who removed the bullet said Mr Wang cheated death by a matter of millimetres, reports Sky News.