In today’s technology, you can have almost anything in your body reconstructed or redone. Whether that’d be the reconstruction of a leg after amputation or the insertion of silicone implants on certain body parts, anyone with money and the right resources can have unwanted areas of their bodies adjusted or changed.
Typically, many of these alterations are done so that the person can look more “aesthetically pleasing.” However, in this case, a silicone implant did more than just make a person “look better”– it actually saved a woman’s life.
According to the Sage Journal’s ‘Plastic Surgery Case Studies’ published last April 15 by doctors Giancarlo McEvenue, Anastasia Oikonomou, Noah Ditkofsky, and Joan Lipa, the unidentified 30-year-old woman’s silicone implant actually displaced the bullet’s trajectory and stopped it from causing irreparable damage.
“This implant overlies the heart and intrathoracic cavity and therefore likely saved the women’s life,” the doctors wrote on the journal.
The patient reported that she was walking down the street when she felt a strange pain on the left side of her chest. Upon checking, she realized she was bleeding so she headed straight to the nearest emergency room. There, it was discovered that she had just been shot.
The physicians immediately rushed her into surgery wherein they had to remove her implants and retrieve the bullet. Thankfully, the woman suffered no critical injuries, though she did fracture her rib during the incident.
No one has been arrested for this crime as authorities have yet to find the shooter and the firearm that he or she used.
Things would’ve been a lot worse for the woman if the bullet had been shot at a different trajectory or her silicone implant was placed differently. Here’s to hoping they find and apprehend the shooter soon.
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