A 13-year-old girl scored and impressive, if unintentional, almost literal bullseye on her schoolmate, an 11-year-old boy, in a spot of recent archery practice. Miraculously, the boy survived the arrow burying itself deep into his brain and destroying his eye.
The accident occurred in archer practice at the school gym, when the girl pointed her bow at the boy and apparently accidentally loosed an arrow into him.
The arrow flew true, and entered his skull to a depth of 10cm by way of his eye-socket, apparently lodging in the very centre of his brain.
The unfortunate human target was immediately rushed to hospital, where he underwent emergency neurosurgery. Needless to say, he suffered some brain damage.
In spite of this grievous injury, doctors pronounced the operation a miraculous success, and the boy has regained consciousness and is said to be recuperating.
The girl responsible is said to have pointed the bow at him as a joke, but her hand slipped and her arrow found its mark. She joined the boy’s parents in a vigil over the boy whilst he was comatose. The boy’s family is poor and it appears the cost of treatment will burden them greatly all the same.
For its part, the school is cancelling archery practice and stressing to children the importance of safety.
You may recall the earlier almost identical case which occurred in Japan as opposed to China; if you were wondering how a child could possibly survive such an injury, it seems to be more common than one might think…