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Question for those with some medical knowledge:

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This is for a story I'm planning:

One scene will involve a character being shot in the head and apparently dead, but the twist is that the bullet entered his right eye at a steep diagonal angle and exited his right temple, missing his brain. What effects would this cause besides shock (both psychological and physiological), destruction of the right eye, and severe damage to the temple and cheekbones that would require reconstructive surgery?
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From a brain damage point of view, minimal unless significant blood-loss (and/or destruction of the blood-brain barrier) occurred.

However barring replacing the eye, significant reconstructive surgery would be needed to help repair the bone damage.

Of course, this is dependent on actually surviving said injury. Depending on the caliber of round and proximity to the brain (among a couple of other things) the wound might be inherently lethal even if no actual brain damage from the impact occurred.
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I doubt that would work. Hydrostatic shock would still pulp the brain from the aftershock- he'd be dead as a doornail.

The only possible option would be for the bullet to graze the eye and socket. If it enters the skull cavity, your character is done for.

If it bursts his eye and takes off a bit of the socket, then you need surgery and an eyepatch. And probably psychological rehabilitation.

edited 23rd Oct '10 2:03:16 PM by Morgulion

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^^ The weapon used is a 9mm pistol, fired from around 20 yards.

^ If you read what I said, you would have noticed that I said it did not enter the skull cavity, but instead went through the eye socket diagonally.

edited 23rd Oct '10 2:55:47 PM by WoolieWool

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Being that close could still cause significant damage, though.
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20 yards is about the maximum effective range of a typical handgun. Any rate, it's not like I intend for him to be just fine afterwards, I just intend for him to still have a brain.

edited 23rd Oct '10 2:59:17 PM by WoolieWool

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Then it is more likely, yes.

Still, make sure not to neglect the psychological issues as well.
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Well, the character involved (Edward Elric) is no stranger to psychological issues.
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