Robbery victim, 23, has bullet pulled out of his nostril

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An Indian man who survived being shot in the face had the bullet removed by talented surgeons – who pulled it out through his nostril.

Tanveer Ahmed Ansari, 23, was shot in the face earlier this month when he was the victim of a robbery, but incredibly it didn’t kill him.

He was blinded in his left eye and the 3cm-long bullet became lodged, but various doctors refused to treat him due to the risks of the operation. 

Surgeons in Mumbai eventually agreed to remove the bullet – and were able to pull it out without making a single incision.

Pictures given exclusively to MailOnline show Mr Ansari’s unsightly wound and the gruesome procedure at JJ Hospital in full-flow.

Tanveer Ahmed Ansari, 23, was shot in the face earlier this month when he was the victim of a robbery, but incredibly it didn't kill him. He was left blind

Tanveer Ahmed Ansari, 23, was shot in the face earlier this month when he was the victim of a robbery, but incredibly it didn't kill him. He was left blind

Tanveer Ahmed Ansari, 23, was shot in the face earlier this month when he was the victim of a robbery, but incredibly it didn’t kill him. He was left blind

Surgeons in Mumbai eventually agreed to remove the bullet - and were able to pull it out without making a single incision

Surgeons in Mumbai eventually agreed to remove the bullet - and were able to pull it out without making a single incision

Surgeons in Mumbai eventually agreed to remove the bullet – and were able to pull it out without making a single incision

X-ray scans also reveal exactly where the bullet became stuck in the man’s face – which allowed surgeons to consider their options for removing it.

What was the surgery? 

They eventually decided on going ahead with a modified endoscopy, where surgical instruments are attached to an inspection tube that goes into the body.

Such procedures are already used to remove gallstones, bladder stones, small tumours, fibroids and even to repair bleeding stomach ulcers. 

Mr Ansari, from Gorakhpur, India, remains in the hospital, where he was admitted on Tuesday, but he is expected to make a full recovery in the coming days.

No incisions made 

Dr Shrinivas Chavan, head of the hospital’s ear, noise and throat department, said: ‘The operation was conducted without a single incision on the patient’s face.

Pictures given exclusively to MailOnline show Mr Ansari's unsightly wound and the gruesome procedure at JJ Hospital in full-flow

Pictures given exclusively to MailOnline show Mr Ansari's unsightly wound and the gruesome procedure at JJ Hospital in full-flow

Pictures given exclusively to MailOnline show Mr Ansari’s unsightly wound and the gruesome procedure at JJ Hospital in full-flow

He was blinded in his left eye and the 3cm-long bullet became lodged, but various doctors refused to treat him due to the risks of the operation

He was blinded in his left eye and the 3cm-long bullet became lodged, but various doctors refused to treat him due to the risks of the operation

He was blinded in his left eye and the 3cm-long bullet became lodged, but various doctors refused to treat him due to the risks of the operation

X-ray scans also reveal exactly where the bullet became stuck in the man's face - which allowed surgeons to consider their options for removing it

X-ray scans also reveal exactly where the bullet became stuck in the man's face - which allowed surgeons to consider their options for removing it

X-ray scans also reveal exactly where the bullet became stuck in the man’s face – which allowed surgeons to consider their options for removing it

‘When Mr Ansari approached us, he had no vision in his left eye, and suffered from severe bleeding in his eye.

‘In the case of a bullet injury, surgery should be performed immediately.

‘However, in this case, there was a delay due to which chemicals in the bullet had started damaging his eye.

WHAT IS A MODIFIED ENDOSCOPY? 

An endoscopy is a procedure where the inside of your body is examined using an instrument called an endoscope.

An endoscope is a long, thin, flexible tube that has a light source and camera at one end. Images of the inside of your body are relayed to a television screen.

Endoscopes can be inserted into the body through a natural opening, such as the mouth and down the throat, or through the bottom.

They can be used to investigate unusual symptoms and help perform certain types of surgery. It can cause patients some discomfort.

They can be attached with surgical instruments so that they can be used to carry out certain types of surgery.

Source: NHS Choices 

‘Though initially an open surgery was decided, considering his young age we did an endoscopy procedure so that no scar was left on his face due to open surgery.’

Though it is too early to say if the patient will regain vision in his left eye, Mr Ansari is doing fine in terms of his health, added Dr Chavan.

Mr Ansari, who was admitted to JJ Hospital on Monday, isn’t the only patient to have had doctors pull out an object through his nose. 

However, it is unsure if there is another case of a bullet being extracted from a man’s eye through the bizarre procedure in medical literature.

Other strange cases 

His case follows that of an 11-year-old boy who was rushed to hospital when two magnets he shoved up separate nostrils were drawn together. 

The anonymous child, from Cyprus, was unable to remove the magnets himself after they snapped together in the bone and cartilage that separates the two nostrils.

Quick-thinking doctors were able to assist him – by using magnets of their own to gently guide the ones lodged in the boy’s nose out.

And MailOnline has previously reported on stomach-churning footage which showed a man having a five-foot long tapeworm removed from his nose.

Doctors, believed to have been from Australia, used tweezers to extract the parasite, according to reports last December. 

They eventually decided on going ahead with a modified endoscopy, where surgical instruments are attached to an inspection tube that goes into the body

They eventually decided on going ahead with a modified endoscopy, where surgical instruments are attached to an inspection tube that goes into the body

They eventually decided on going ahead with a modified endoscopy, where surgical instruments are attached to an inspection tube that goes into the body

Mr Ansari, from Gorakhpur, India, remains in the hospital, where he was admitted on Tuesday, but he is expected to make a full recovery in the coming days

Mr Ansari, from Gorakhpur, India, remains in the hospital, where he was admitted on Tuesday, but he is expected to make a full recovery in the coming days

Mr Ansari, from Gorakhpur, India, remains in the hospital, where he was admitted on Tuesday, but he is expected to make a full recovery in the coming days

Dr Shrinivas Chavan, head of the hospital's ear, noise and throat department, said: 'The operation was conducted without a single incision on the patient's face'

Dr Shrinivas Chavan, head of the hospital's ear, noise and throat department, said: 'The operation was conducted without a single incision on the patient's face'

Dr Shrinivas Chavan, head of the hospital’s ear, noise and throat department, said: ‘The operation was conducted without a single incision on the patient’s face’

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