Afghan girl exits hospital after bullet removal

An Afghan girl checked out of a Tokyo hospital on Friday after having a bullet removed from her head last month.

“The terrible headache is gone. Thank you very much,” Fatema Safar said. “I want to go to school when I go back to Afghanistan.”

Fatema, who is believed to be 13 years old, had suffered headaches and blindness in her left eye. She was shot in the head while at home in June 1996 and had been unable to go to school since.

Tokyo-based nonprofit organization Aid for War Orphans in Asia helped organize her operation, which took place at the International Medical Center of Japan in Tokyo on Aug. 4. Doctors said the operation went well and Fatema’s sight in her left eye could improve.