Breast Implants Just Might Save Your Life

February 26, 2010

A California woman shot in the chest has her fake breasts to thank for saving her life (only in California, right?). Her implants apparently acted as some sort of bulletproof vest, be that a very visually pleasing one. Does this now mean all women should have breast implants to safeguard against shootings?

Lydia Carranza was shot point blank in the chest when a co-worker’s husband turned up to the dental office she worked at and went berserk with a semi-automatic gun. When she was shot Lydia felt “wet in her chest area.” The bullet had punctured her left breast, hitting her saline breast implant.

Her physician, Dr. Ashkan Ghavami, says the breast implant may have saved her life. He told the Los Angeles Times, "I saw the CT scan. The bullet fragments were millimeters from her heart and her vital organs. Had she not had the implant, she might not be alive today."

The science says that the implant helped dissipate the impact of the bullet. Scott Reitz, a firearms instructor, says, “Common sense would dictate that any time you have something that interrupts the velocity of the projectile, it would benefit the object it was trying to strike. And because a saline implant is like a high-pressure bag full of salt water, it probably would provide more resistance than plain flesh.”

Sadly Reitz says this doesn’t mean all women should rush out to get a boob job to protect against a possible fatal shooting. He adds, “I don't want to say a boob job is the equivalent of a bulletproof vest. So don't go getting breast enhancements as a means to deflect a possible incoming bullet."

Now why did he have to go and say a thing like that?

Source: Oppenheim Bernhar/Stone/Getty Images