Woman's breast implant 'saved her life' after she was shot

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Woman's implant saves her. (Photo: SAGE Journals)
Woman's implant saves her. (Photo: SAGE Journals)

A woman who got shot in the chest ended up sustaining only minor injuries thanks to her breast implants, one of which deflected the bullet away from her lungs and heart.

Luckily the victim, who was shot in 2018, was still able to speak as she is the one who told doctors that she was shot while walking down the street, causing her to feel heat and pain in her chest, as well as see blood. 

The incident, which took place in Toronto, Canada, is one of the few cases recorded in a plastic surgery case study published in SAGE medical journal last week where a breast implant helped save a patient’s life. And it’s the first recorded case of a silicone implant changing the trajectory of a bullet, surgeon Giancarlo McEvenue told CNN.

“She was talking – the trauma team was in disbelief at how well she was,” Dr McEvenue said.

“The bullet entered the skin on the left side first, and then bounced across her sternum into the right breast and broke her rib on the right side.

“The implant caused the change in the trajectory of the bullet.”

Doctors believe that the silicone implant was probably responsible for saving the 30-year-old’s life, Daily Mail reports.

“On the left-hand side is the heart and lungs – if the bullet would’ve gone into the chest, she would’ve had a much more serious, possibly life-threatening injury,” the surgeon said.

In the recently released report, it revealed that doctors treated her wound by removing the implant and giving her an antibiotic.

There are two types of breast implants approved for sale in the United States. They both have an outer silicone shell, but one is filled with saline and the other is filled with silicone gel.

Granted, breast implants are not generally lifesaving tools, and silicone implants in particular have been linked to some significant health concerns.

Sources: CNN, Daily Mail,New York Post

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