A woman was saved from death by her breast implants after deflecting a bullet when she was shot in the chest, experts said.
The unnamed 30-year-old woman was walking down the street in Canada when she was shot.
She only realized that she had been shot when she felt “heat and pain” in her chest and saw blood when she looked down, according to a report in the newspaper Sage.
The victim was then treated at the McLean Clinic in Mississauga, Ontario, where his implants were removed.
The report added that the only additional injuries she had were a rib fracture.
During the surgery, the surgeons removed the woman’s left breast implant and found a “bullet tract” that aligned with the entrance wound, but no bullet.
They then examined the right implant and found that it had been turned upside down and the implant dome was damaged, and the bullet was located under the woman’s right breast in her chest.
They then removed the bullet and turned it over to the police so that it could be examined by a medical examiner.
Photographs taken by surgeons show where the bullet passed through the left implant and landed in its right implant.
Dr. Giancarlo McEvenue, who wrote the article, said the woman’s left breast implant must have “hijacked” the bullet from her heart and saved her life.
He said: “The clinical examination revealed a comfortable patient without distress, with a single entry wound in the upper pole of the left breast … based on the path of entry of the ball clinically and radiological evaluation, the only source of deviation of the ball is the left breast implant.
“This implant covers the heart and the intrathoracic cavity and has therefore probably saved the lives of women. “
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The gun was never found and the shooter was not found, he added.
The case is one of five incidents where patient implants blocked bullets, three of which allegedly saved the lives of the victims.
Dr. McEvenue said: “Although rare, these observations support the hypothesis that breast implants can actually save lives. “