Riana Joubert
2 minute read
3 Mar 2016
4:21 pm

Man cheats death as bullet lodges in neck

Riana Joubert

Most of the bullet was removed during a five-hour operation.

Bullets. Photo: Thinkstock.com

A 26-year-old man is recovering at home following an operation to remove a bullet lodged in his neck during an attempted robbery at a house outside Polokwane, Limpopo.

The man, Jacques Vorster, was shot under his right eye while trying to prevent robbers from entering the house he shares with his mother and two brothers in the Upsala camping terrain at the Doornkraal Feesterrein on Friday last week.

According to his mother, Christa Momberg, three men armed with a gun stood by an open window in her bedroom and demanded her cellphone, Review Online reported.

“The next thing I remember was that I screamed and rolled off the bed to try and protect myself. This woke up my sons and as Jacques was making his way towards the window, one of the men hit him. A second later I heard the gunshot and saw him falling back onto the bed he was sleeping on. I thought he was dead,” she said.

“We could not wait for an ambulance and we immediately rushed him to the hospital.”

Upon arriving at the hospital, Momberg was told the bullet had entered under Vorster’s right eye and was lodged in his neck. A piece of the bullet could not be removed as it was too risky and it would have to remain in his neck.

Most of the bullet was removed during a five-hour operation.

“The doctor phoned me when he saw the X-rays. He was amazed to see my son recovering. The doctor said there could only have been one of two possible outcomes and they were told he should either have been dead or paralysed,” Momberg explained.

Vorster has no recollection of the incident, Momberg said.

Westenburg police spokesperson Captain Mohlaka Mashiane said a case of attempted murder and robbery is still being investigated. No arrests have been made.

– Caxton News Service