Stranger than fiction

2010-06-17 15:50

A suicidal Newcastle man survived shooting himself in the mouth

only to be run over by a truck, which landed him in hospital in a critical


Netcare 911 spokesman Jeff Wicks said: “It is alleged that the

suicidal man had attempted to take his own life last night by shooting himself

in the head with a .22 handgun while seated in his car. The bullet passed

through the man’s mouth and was lodged in his skull.”

Still conscious, he got out of his vehicle and tried to cross the

road when a truck ran over him. Paramedics treated and stabilised him on the

scene, before taking him to hospital.

Wicks said: “Due to the placement of the bullet the man requires

the specialist care of doctors based at the Netcare Umhlanga Hospital in Durban.

His condition remains critical but stable.”


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