How Doctors Attempted to Resurrect Former Japan PM, But Couldn’t

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Shinzo Abe, former PM of Japan, lying on the ground after being shot in Nara, near Kyoto.

New Delhi:

For nearly five hours after former Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was shot this morning, doctors tried to save him, but he could not survive as he had a “wide gaping hole in the heart”, according to the hospital.

Shinzo Abe, 67, was making a poll campaign speech when he shot twice in the neck in the western city of Nara, about 500km from the capital Tokyo, around 11.30 am. One of the two bullets from the apparently homemade gun penetrated his heart, the other made his wounds worse. He was taken to Nara Medical University hospital at 12.20pm. “He was already in cardiac arrest at the time of his arrival. The hospital administered resuscitation. He died at 5:03 p.m.,” Professor Hidetada fukushima said at the hospital.

The shooter — a 41-year-old former member of the Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force — did not try to flee and later told the police that he was “dissatisfied” with the former leader. 

Abe made his speech outside a train station ahead of Sunday’s elections for the Upper House Japan’s Parliament.

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