An Albanian man miraculously survived shooting his eye out of its socket last fall during a game of Russian roulette

Last October, the 20-year-old suffered the horrific injury during what the Department of Maxillofacial Surgery at the University of Florence described as a liquor-fueled freak-accident: 

At the end of October of 2013, a 20-year-old Albanian boy was recovering in our hospital following serious self-inflicted craniofacial trauma suffered while playing Russian roulette with a friend using a 0.22-caliber revolver. The police report describes the typical crime scene, with the drunk victim lying on the floor, one additional player, and a female figure who took flight and was then tracked down. Clinically, the patient presented a circled entry wound at the level of the right inferior border of the mandible and the exit wound at the level of the left frontotemporal region. The bullet passed through the head in a left-to-right direction, involving the floor of the mouth, the left maxillary bone, and the left orbital cavity, with traumatic orbital exenteration and cerebral frontal hernia.

Thanks to superb care and a bit of luck, the man was released "in good condition" 30 days later (see the second photo above). If there was ever incentive not to play Russian roulette (you shouldn't really need it), here it is.

[via Gawker and the Department of Maxillofacial Surgery at the University of Florence]

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