A woman was shot through the face by a misfiring archer who lodged a 28-inch arrow through her cheek.
Medics had to call firefighters to save the longbow victim as the arrow was so tough it required specialist equipment to take it out.
The unnamed patient was filmed being treated at a hospital in Xi'an, Shaanxi Province, Northwest China, with the arrow clearly sticking out either side of her face.
Once the middle-aged woman was rushed to hospital, she could not even receive a full CT scan as the arrow was so long that it left her unable to fit.
Fortunately the fire service was on hand to use heavy duty bolt cutters to help remove the centimetre-thick steel arrow shaft which penetrated just beneath her right eye.
A shocking snap of the victim on a hospital bed shows just how close the arrow head came to her temple which would have almost certainly ended in graver circumstances.
According to local reports, the woman was walking in a public area when she was accidentally struck by a man practicing his archery skills, which clearly leaves plenty to be desired.
In hospital a firefighter was filmed holding the arrow steady while their colleagues cut away at the other end, causing the woman to squeal and flinch in agonising pain.
The police have launched an investigation into the dramatic incident but in China bows and arrows are classed as sporting equipment and are not regulated for recreational use.
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A fireman involved in the rescue, anonymously told local media: "I hope that bow and arrow enthusiasts avoid public places when practising archery to avoid such things from happening again in the future."
A chilling video showed the moment crazed killer Espen Andersen Bråthen carrying a bow-and-arrow attack inside a Co-op Extra supermarket in a Norwegian town.
The 38-year-old killer was charged with five murders, eleven attempted murders and 13 cases of serious threats committed on October 13 last year after he went on a rampage in Kongsberg, 41 miles southwest of Oslo.
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