I was reading Mathew Reilly's Scarecrow and the Army of Thieves. In the book, a guy is shot in the forehead, but miraculously he does not die because his forehead is that strong.
Is it true, can a shot like that not kill?
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Former Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords was shot in the head on January 8, 2011. She survived.
From The New York Times (January 14, 2011):
Ms. Giffords needed surgery immediately. She had skull fractures, dead brain tissue that had to be removed, and increasing pressure from swelling that could further damage her brain as it expanded and pressed against her skull. In addition, her eye sockets had fractures.
The bullet had passed through her skull. Fortunately, it had not severed arteries or veins.
The publication Missile Wounds of the Head and Neck states the following:
If a bullet is fired straight-on into the head, bullet deflection is unlikely; however, if the bullet is fired at an angle or hits a curved portion of the skull, deflection will usually result. In some cases, the bullet will form a wound track as it follows the curved bone, and may even exit without perforating the skull.
Therefore, is it possible? Yes. Is it likely? No.