Moment woman who was shot in 2005 has the 17-year-old bullet extracted

Woman who had a bullet lodged in her back for 15 YEARS after being caught in crossfire as a teenager finally has it removed in gruesome new medical reality show to rival Dr Pimple Popper

  • Northern Alabama nursing Assistant Erica Miles shot as a teenager in 2005
  • She kept the bullet in her body for 15 years after the shooting but got it extracted
  • General surgeon Dr George Crawford got bullet in tonight’s Stuck on Quest Red

A woman who was left with a bullet lodged in her body for 15 years after being shot as a teenager, has finally had it removed on camera for a gruesome new medical reality show. 

Erica Miles, a nursing assistant from Northern Alabama, was shot when two rival gangs entered a stand off at a high school football game in 2005 and she was caught in the crossfire as an innocent bystander. 

Speaking on tonight’s Stuck, airing at 10pm on Quest Red, General surgeon Dr George Crawford explained that, unlike what is shown in movies, bullets are not always extracted from the body because it could cause more damage. 

For that reason, the bullet was left in Erica’s body for 15 years without any issue, until it began to push against the surface of her skin as the body tried to expel it. 

Because Erica was worried about the bullet migrating to another part of her body and causing damage, Dr Crawford removed it in 2020, and said the story had stuck with him since. 

Northern Alabama nursing Assistant Erica Miles was shot as a teen 2005. She had the bullet removed in 2020 in a moment that was filmed for tonight’s Stuck on Quest Red

General surgeon Dr George Crawford took out Erica’s bullet, pictured, after it started to move inside her body

Erica, pictured as a teen with her family, was shot when two rival gangs entered a stand off at a high school game in 2005

‘I remember a case where I treated a lady who had been involved in an accident 15 years earlier, and she had a bullet stuck in her back,’ Dr Crawford said.

Erica, who also spoke on the show, recounted the shocking moment she was shot in the back when she was just a high school student.

‘Back in 2005, when I was in high school, after a football game my friends and I were waiting on our rides, and we end up being innocent bystanders caught in the middle of two groups of people shooting at each other,’ she said.

‘I ended up getting shot in the back, I felt the burning sensation. They said it was too close to my spine at the time and that they didn’t want to take it out.’ 

Dr Crawford, pictured, revealed Erica’s story stuck with him over the years, alongside other gunshot wound patients 

Dr Crawford has seen about 500 gunshot wounds throughout his career and explained that most bullet are left tin the body, because taking them out could cause more damage 

Erica had no choice but to move on with her life with the bullet still in her body, but Dr Crawford said it is actually a common occurrence.  

‘People get shot all the time and we never remove bullets. That’s kind of a TV thing. We leave all bullets in unless they are stuck in a vessel or a joint,’ he explained. 

‘The reason why is that you usually will cause a bigger problem going in to get it.’ 

Erica was not bothered by the bullet for the majority of the time she had it in her body, however, in 2020, it started to shift, and scared her. 

Erica, pictured as a teen with her parents, was not bothered by the bullet for 15 years, but began to worry when she began to feel it poking from under her skin 

In the show, Dr Crawford made a small incision to take the bullet out, and noted the body had formed a cavity around the bullet to try and extract it 

‘I never felt it moving throughout the years in my back. I never thought about it, It never bothered me until the night that I felt it on the surface of my skin,’ she said. 

‘And I knew that’s what it was. I was actually scared because I knew it shouldn’t have been in that place; it was in the top portion of my back, and it moved down to the lower portion.’ 

The nurse was put under general anesthetic before Dr Crawford took the bullet out.  

‘The body will get rid of it on its own the majority of the time. The problem is when it gets to the surface that’s when it starts to cause pain. In her, this started causing a significant amount of pain, so we decided to take it out,’ he explained.

At the end of the procedure, Dr Crawford joked that his hospital doesn’t have metal bins like in the movies, and used a plastic one. Erica recovered from the operation without any issue 

Thanks to a small incision on Erica’s back, he was able to take the bullet out and observed her body had changed to try and get rid of the bullet on its own.  

‘Once you cut it open, you can see there’s a cavity already here, because the body is trying to get rid of it,’ he said. 

As he gripped the bullet with a pair of forceps, Dr Crawford triumphantly said ‘that’s a bullet extraction’. 

‘Unlike the movies, we don’t have a metal basin to drop it in,” he added, dropping the bullet into a plastic container.

He then went on to close up the wound with a single stitch. The recovery was nearly painless for Erica.  

‘After the surgery, the recovery was fine. I didn’t have any issues or concerns. I healed like normal. I was okay,’ she said. 

‘I am so grateful to Dr Crawford; I am just glad that I wasn’t in any pain, and I was glad that the bullet was out of my back.’

Gunshot wounds are a common occurrence for Dr Crawford, who explained he has seen about 500 throughout his career.  

‘One of the strangest one is a gentleman who got shot in the head,’ he said. 

‘He had a bullet in the middle of his brain, and he had a little bit of blood leaking out of the hole. 

‘We were trying to decide if we were going to take him to the operating room and do an emergency craniotomy and this other stuff, and over the next couple of hours he woke up and was doing fine, so we left it!’

Stuck airs 10pm on Tuesdays on Quest Red, and available to stream on discovery+ 

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