Ahad Israfil, gunshot wound survivor, dies

Ahad Israfil, a Dayton man known for his remarkable survival story after an accidental gunshot wound to the head, has died. 

Israfil, 47, died Friday evening at Mary Scott Nursing Center, where he lived, his mother, Khadijah Israfil said.

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Ahad Israfil was shot when he was 14 in 1987.

“He was living with half a skull, half a brain, he just got tired,” his mother said.

Ahad Israfil appeared on several television shows that told his story.

Khadijah Israfil said she was thankful to all the doctors who assisted him throughout his life.

She also commended her son’s strength.

“I have a picture of him on the fridge, one side of his head is totally gone and he’s smiling,” she said.

“He was in pain, but he was very strong,” Khadijah Israfil said. “He had a good life.”

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