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Doctors Leaving Bullet in Wounded Bremerton Girl

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SEATTLE (AP) — Doctors have no plans to remove a bullet from an 8-year-old Bremerton girl who was wounded in a classroom shooting.

Harborview Medical Center spokeswoman Susan Gregg-Hanson said Thursday the bullet is not currently causing a problem, and sometimes it’s riskier to remove a bullet from a sensitive area.

After damaging internal organs, the .45-caliber bullet reportedly lodged in muscle next to the girl’s spinal cord.

Amina Kocer-Bowman has had five surgeries since the Feb. 22 shooting. She was taken off a respirator Wednesday and is breathing on her own. She remains in intensive care unit at the Seattle hospital.

The spokeswoman says Amina is being weaned off sedatives. Unless there’s a setback, the next step would be for her to move out of the intensive care unit.

– Copyright 2012 The Associated Press

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