Gone But Not Forgotten
- Aug 18, 2002
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Source17 years later, man has bullet removed from head
May. 4, 2005 07:30 AM
DETROIT - It is no longer technically correct to refer to Chuck Smith as Bullethead. The warehouse worker from Detroit picked up the nickname after being shot in the head by unknown assailants while changing a tire in the summer of 1988. He left the chunk of lead lodged against his skull when a doctor said it would not pose a danger.
"I just didn't see a need to get it out," Smith said.
But Smith, now 41, had the .22-caliber bullet removed last week, after experiencing recurring headaches, numbness and tingling for several days.
Doctors inserted needles to anesthetize him before extracting the slug, which came out flattened and black and slightly smaller than a pencil eraser.
"That bullet felt better going in than coming out," Smith said, smiling.