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Silicone breast implant diverts bullet aimed at woman’s heart, saves her life


Sneha Shah | Apr 23, 2020 20:12

As per a study published in Sage Journal, a Canadian woman was saved when a bullet aimed for her heart was deflected by her silicone breast implants.
An X-ray showing the bullet in the lateral thoracic wall (left) and Intraoperative view of left breast implant showing bullet trajectory through implant (right)

As per a study published in Sage Journal last week, a 30-year-old Canadian woman was saved when a bullet aimed for her heart was deflected by her silicone breast implants. According to the study, doctors believe that had the bullet would not have been deflected because of the silicone implant, it would have injured the woman’s vital organs.

The incident took place in 2018 in Toronto and has been recorded as probably the first instance where a silicone implant had actually changed bullet’s trajectory. After the incident, the woman was rushed to McLean Clinic in Mississauga, Ontario, where her implants were removed. The woman only realised that she’d been shot after feeling ‘heat and pain’ in her chest.

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Surgeon Giancarlo McEvenue, a co-author of the study, told CNN that the implant had caused the change in trajectory of the bullet. McEvenue said, “The bullet wound entry was on the left breast, but the rib fracture was on the right side. The bullet entered the skin on the left side first and then ricocheted across her sternum into the right breast and broke her rib on the right side,” he said.

McEvenue said that it was surprising to see the woman walk herself to the hospital, and talk, which had put the caregivers and trauma team in disbelief.  “The victim suffered broken ribs and deflated implants, but miraculously was fine otherwise.  If the bullet would’ve gone into the chest, she would’ve had a much more serious and life-threatening injury,” he added.