Bosnian Goalkeeper Plays Game with Bullet in Head

A goalkeeper in Bosnia played a 90-minute football game after being shot in the head by a stray bullet, and went on to only concede a single goal for his team. There have been reports from Bosnian media that 51-year-old Dusko Krtalica played an entire soccer match with a bullet in his skull. Amateur stopper Dusko Krtalica, 51, was playing in a tournament in the Sarajevo suburb of Boljakov Potok, and soon complained of a headache he assumed was caused by hitting his head on the post while making a save.

Bosnian Goalkeeper Plays Game with Bullet in Head

The man did not complain until after the match, when he began to feel numbness in his arms and was slurring his words. He was rushed to a hospital where he was given the X-ray that revealed the 9mm bullet. During operation a foreign object was removed from the head of the patient. After the surgery he was transferred to the Intensive Care in Neurosurgery Clinic. For now his vital signs are stable.

So how did this happen? Police say it was a stray bullet from someone celebrating a wedding by firing their gun in the air. That someone was found by narrowing down the investigation to the only three weddings in the area, leading to the arrest of a 42-year-old man. Police also found 12 bullets from the same gun scattered around the field. This begs the question: How many people in Bosnia unknowingly have a bullet in their head due to excessive wedding celebration.

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