A man who fired a shotgun at his own face has survived despite losing his nose and jaw.
Mikhail Vladimirov, 45, from Russia tried to kill himself after struggling to cope with financial debt but unbelievably survived taking a pellet though his face.
The gun fire miraculously missed Vladimirov's brain after destroying much of his face on February 16 this year in the town of Kotelniki near Moscow.
According to Russian media, the man who must now be fed through a tube and has lost half his vision, left home armed with his registered shotgun and small lead pellets at around 4am.
After driving around Kotelniki in a hire car for several house, Vladimirov pulled over, wedged the weapon between his legs upright beneath his chin and pulled the trigger.
Doctors say the pellet only missed his brain by chance, say local media.
A horrified woman driving by, spotted a bloodied Vladimirov who had climbed out of the vehicle in traumatic shock.
She desperately dialled for help from the emergency services.
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A witness caught the horrendous state of Vladimirov's face on camera as he sat behind the steering wheel.
An onlooker said: “His jaw and nose were completely blasted off. Bloody chunks of flesh hung from his face instead of cheeks. He couldn’t talk. He was making painful moo-like sounds.”
After being taken to hospital, doctors set to work on restoring as much of Vladimirov's face as possible by stitching what remained back together.
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Only one of his eyes which has limited vision could be saved.
Unable to freely chew or swallow, Vladimirov can now only consume food through a tube attached directly to his stomach and has years of rehabilitation ahead of him.
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Since the incident in February, he has undergone numerous surgeries and operations to piece his facial bones back together.
A former security system technician, Vladimirov reportedly faced a constant burden of money problems over his seventeen years of marriage.
His parents explained that unpaid loans mounted up as he aimed “to satisfy his wife’s unlimited needs.”
For emotional support, you can call the Samaritans 24-hour helpline on 116 123, email [email protected], visit a Samaritans branch in person or go to the Samaritans website.
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