Le Dinh Hung, 60, is a former communist solder from Vietnam who had received a bullet during a battle in Quang Tri province in 1968, during the Vietnam War. He had lived with the bullet in his heart for the last 39 years.

A few days ago, the doctors have successfully managed to remove the bullet from his heart. He is recovering well after surgery in Hanoi in which the 2.5cm (1 inch) bullet was removed and his damaged heart valve replaced.

Doctors are saying that Le Dinh Hung is lucky to be alive because normally a person with a bullet in their heart would die immediately if they didn't have surgery right away. Doctors tried to remove his bullet, which had entered his body through his stomach, a year after he was shot but they didn’t make it.

The operation that took place a few days ago lasted for three hours and it enabled Mr Hung to go free from pain he had been feeling all these years. Mr Hung also believes he is lucky to be alive.