Grenade in the face – level 3

Grenade in the face – level 3

16-06-2016 07:00

A soldier is lucky to be alive after a grenade embedded itself in his face. The incident happened in Colombia and surgeons had to be especially careful with the operation.

Leandro Jose Luna was transferred in an eight-hour ambulance ride to Bogota after authorities said they could not risk moving the patient by helicopter due to the risk of the explosive detonating.

The chief surgeon dealing with the unusual case said that the team had to improvise and operate outside to minimise impact on the hospital if the grenade exploded. But he said the operation had been a success and that within a few days the soldier could reintegrate into his military unit and his family to make a full recovery.

According to authorities, the incident occurred when a fellow soldier on patrol with Luna accidentally activated a grenade launcher, throwing the 40-millimetre grenade into his right jaw.

Well, we've all heard the Bruno Mars' song, but this takes it to a whole new level!

Difficult words: embed (stuck into something), due to (because of), detonate (explode), improvise (make up how to do something), reintegrate (come back into a situation), fellow (a person that you work with).


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