A SUNDERLAND University student is to go under the knife to have a bullet removed from his head.
Ummad Farooq was shot by two men on a bike in Karachi, Pakistan.
The 22-year-old’s brother was killed in the attack, which also left his dad fighting for his life in hospital.
The chartered accountant student said: “My family wanted me to study out of the country in order to stay safe.
“That is why, for the past year, I have been in England for my postgraduate degree.”
His family are members of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, whose peace mission makes them a target for extremists.
The bullet is lodged next to Ummad’s right eye.
Now Ummad will undergo an operation to remove it – via his nose – in a hospital in Birmingham.
It will use a new tool called Cyclops, which allows surgeons to look around corners through a small endoscope inserted into the nose.
This is the first time it has been used to remove a bullet.
Ummad said: “It is amazing that I can have the bullet removed in this way.
“My surgeon hopes that removing the other fragments that we can see on my scan will also reduce the chance of further infections and may help improve my double vision.”