Saturday 26 May 2018

Former Herald journalist has lucky escape after he's shot in the neck in the Philippines

Adam Harvey poses for picture after he's shot and, right, an x-ray of the bullet in his neck
Adam Harvey poses for picture after he's shot and, right, an x-ray of the bullet in his neck Newsdesk Newsdesk

A journalist had a miracle escape after he was hit in the neck by a stray bullet while covering the conflict in the Philippines.

Adam Harvey, who previously worked for The Herald and the Irish Independent in Dublin, posted an image of an X-ray on Twitter showing a bullet lodged in his neck.

His injuries are not life-threatening, a director at his current employer ABC Australia confirmed.

Mr Harvey, who is from Australia, was in The Philippines where militants, alligned to Islamic State, have taken control of parts of the island of Minidinao.

The correspondent told ABC he was on the frontline of the conflict wearing a flak jacket and helmet this morning before being moved back to "what was considered a safe zone".

"I was bending down — we stopped and I opened the back door of the car to get some food and water and I felt an almighty stabbing at the side of my neck and I went down on the ground and I thought I'd been hit by a bit of shrapnel," he said.

"I started bleeding and luckily we had our ABC first aid kit, so we started doing some first aid.

"Then I was taken to a medical centre and they took me for observation at another hospital, then they did X-rays and discovered it wasn't a bit of shrapnel, I'd actually been shot in the neck with a bullet and the bullet was still in my neck.

"But luckily it missed everything important and it was just got lodged behind my jaw."

Mr Harvey did not lose consciousness and was advised to wear a neck brace "as a precaution".

Former INM colleague Maurice Haugh posted a message of support.

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