The Chinese surgeon who removed it says Mr Wang cheated death by a matter of millimeters. "The bullet penetrated his skull and then stopped near his temple," said neurosurgeon Wang Zhiming. "If it had moved a bit further backward and to the right, he wouldn't have survived."
But what puzzled Mr Wang's doctors was exactly how the bullet got there, until the patient remembered a day in 1988. Mr Wang recalled feeling a heavy blow to his head before losing consciousness. "I thought I'd been hit by a slingshot," he said. "I saw a man standing on a hill and thought he'd hit me."
He woke up in hospital, where the medical staff could find nothing wrong. They gave him an anti-inflammatory and sent him home but shortly afterwards he began having occasional convulsions. When they worsened last year, Mr Wang's family decided it was time to get a second opinion. The bullet has now been removed, and the convulsions have stopped for the man from China's northern Hebei province.