CIVIL WAR BULLET REMOVED FROM MANS SIDE

An 88-year-old man was operated on last week to remove a bullet which has been in his left side for the past 70 years. Faustino Olivera was fighting on Franco’s side during the Civil War when he was shot in the ribs on November 11th, 1938, defending his home village of Castillazuelo in Aragon province. He was operated on in Zaragoza at the time, but it seems the doctors overlooked the bullet. He went to the doctor two years ago complaining of a pain in his left side, and was told that the bullet had finally become infected. He is said to recovering well in hospital, and his nephew is the proud owner of the bullet which he describes as an “emotive souvenir”.

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