That unfortunate afternoon Angelica Astvatsaturova stayed at her store until very late observing the reparation works in the building. Passing through a dark alley the woman noticed a man in a knitted black hat walking towards her from the opposite side of the street.
“My heart was telling me that he was coming for me,” Angelica recalls, “And I probably should have screamed and run away as fast as I could, but for some reason I decided to be brave and kept on walking – I was just a block away from my house.”
The man approached Angelica, then suddenly pulled out a gun and shot her in the face. “He must have wanted to shoot me in the eye, but I jerked and the bullet hit my cheek instead,” Astvatsaturova explains, “I was thrown aside and lost consciousness. When I managed to get up I saw the back of the man quickly disappearing in the dark. I thought to myself that if I had had any strength left I would have caught him and torn him to pieces.”
Angelica barely reached her house in terrible pain as she continued to bleed. She only managed to knock on the window and call her son’s name. Eugene helped his mother to the couch. The woman then called the ambulance and in a failing voice said, “Please come quickly before I die. I have a bullet in my head.”
In the hospital Angelica begged the doctors to save her life since she had her little son and her elderly mother to take care of. The doctors promised to do everything in their power to grant her plea even though they believed that she had no chances of survival, Yaik reports.
Also at the hospital Astvatsaturova overheard the doctors’ conversation. They were amazed at the fact that the bullet had an appearance of having been stopped by someone. They even suggested that God had done it.
The medical team decided not to remove the bullet fearing that the procedure would be far too dangerous: the bullet had stopped within 2 mm of the brain's center for optic and auditory control.
According to Boris Popov, the director of the regional clinic’s neurosurgical department, the bullet hit Angelica’s so-called “numb zone” of the brain, which is the zone with no vital s functions for the organism.
“Since there is no infection or any other side effects associated with the bullet in there, I doubt there is a need to take it out,” Popov says, “The foreign body is located in a place that is very hard to reach - the human brain – which means that the operation would be difficult, traumatic and extremely complicated. We simply could not guarantee a safe outcome.”
Angelica has lived with the bullet in her head for the past three years, and she says she feels just fine. This businesswoman from Orsk now claims that after the attempted murder she has been living two lives: one of her own and another of some unknown man. “I can do any kind of job now,” she says, - “I can even go underneath a car and fix it as if I were an auto mechanic.”
Translated by Natalia Vysotskaya
Avdiivka is a northern suburb of Donetsk, from where the Armed Forces of Ukraine shell the capital of the DPR, Donetsk