A Canadian woman’s life was saved when one of her breast implants deflected a bullet away from her heart. The unnamed 30-year-old woman was walking down the street when she was shot, only realizing it when she felt “heat and pain” and saw blood, according to a Sage report summarized by Sky News. She could have died were it not for the implants, which were later removed.
- She was lucky to escape with her life. The victim was treated at the McLean Clinic in Mississauga, Ontario, where the implants were removed and it was discovered that she also suffered a fractured rib. However, she was expected to make a full recovery.
- At first, surgeons couldn’t find the bullet. While the left breast implants did display a “bullet tract” that lined up with the entry wound, there was no sign of the bullet at first. It wasn’t until the right implant was examined that surgeons discovered that it had been turned upside down and damaged, and that the bullet was in the victim’s chest, just under the right breast.
- Surgeons had never seen anything like it. After surgeons took photographs of the bullet’s trajectory through the implants, Sage author Dr. Giancarlo McEvenue came to the conclusion that without the implants, the victim likely wouldn’t have survived the shot. “Clinical examination revealed a comfortable patient in no distress, with a single entry wound in the superior pole of the left breast…based on trajectory of bullet entry clinically and evaluation radiologically, the only source of bullet deflection of the bullet is the left breast implant,” he said. “This implant overlies the heart and intrathoracic cavity and therefore likely saved the women’s life.”
- The bullet was later given to police for forensic examination. However, neither the gun nor the gunman were ever found. That’s definitely tough, but I’m sure the victim cares more about the fact that she survived than anything else!