TULSA, Okla. — In an operation that could have caused serious injury to both the patient and the doctor, a surgeon removed an explosive bullet from the leg of a man who accidentally shot himself.
Daniel Smith was taken to Tulsa's St. Francis Hospital last week after shooting himself with a .45-caliber pistol, Tulsa Police Cpl. R. T. Jones said. Smith told an emergency room doctor that he had wounded himself with a bullet designed to explode on impact.
Jones, a member of the Tulsa police bomb squad, was called in to advise Dr. John Smith, an orthopedic surgeon, in removing the bullet.
Dr. Smith said the bullet passed through a bone below the knee of Smith's left leg and lodged in his flesh. "Had it exploded he might have lost his leg," the doctor said.