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December 10, 2013

Brain bypass helps teen injured by shotgun blast

Doctors took an artery outside the skull and sewed it into the brain, making a new path for blood to flow for the 14-year-old boy

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Russell Macdonald is no stranger to hunting, nor is his son Kaelan, but what happened to them last month out pheasant shooting, has changed that sport for them forever.

Russell said he wasn't clear to his son and two others about what path they were to be taking on the hunt. He said he thought he told the group to sweep but in hindsight he knows he didn't because of what happened.

When Russell and his friend went ahead and his friend fired his shotgun at a pheasant, the pellets scattered, two of them hitting 14-year-old Kaelan. "Something hit me full bore right in the face and I went down, Kaelan recalled about the incident that happened three weeks ago.

Full story: 14-year-old hunter shot through eye

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