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updated 1/11/2011 5:09:13 PM ET 2011-01-11T22:09:13

An Italian man who was shot in the head during a New Year's celebration is on the mend after sneezing out the bullet that got stuck in his head, European media reported on Tuesday.

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Darco Sangermano, 28, was in the notoriously raucous city of Naples with his girlfriend when he was hit by a stray .22 caliber bullet in the temple duriing New Year's Eve festivities, according to The Daily Telegraph.

The bullet reportedly pierced the right side of his head behind his eye socket and became lodged in his nasal passage.

He was rushed to a hospital emergency ward shortly after midnight. While waiting for doctors, he sneezed the bullet out of his right nostril.

Doctors operated to remove bone splinters in his eye, but he was able to return to his hometown of Turin.

Sangermano will undergo laser surgery on his eye to repair retina damage, but is expected to make a full recovery, the BBC reported.

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