Breast Implants Stop Bullet

Steve Johnson
by Steve Johnson

NBC LA reports

Carranza was just a few feet away. She survived a gunshot to the chest, but the the bullet left a scar and deflated the implant.

“She’s just one lucky woman,” Dr. Ashkan Ghavami told the LA 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.”

Something does not seem right about this story. I wonder if she hit by just a fragment. I would imagine that the hydrostatic shock from a bullet ripping through a gel implant would have a devastating impact on the surrounding tissue.

A ruptured Silicon gel implant. Photo from Wikipedia.

Gentlemen: please be considerate and don’t drive away my female readers away with jokes at their expense!

[ Many thanks to jdun1911 for emailing me the link. ]

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  • Guntotin_fool Guntotin_fool on Mar 15, 2010

    frankly, this is not surprising at all, the newer silicone gels being used in the implants has a very high surface tension, and fairly low viscosity, to allow for proper texture/feel and to prevent any of the gel from migrating through the body if the implant ruptures These two qualities are also the same as those being looked at in the liquid body armor tests. Also, depending on the size (area) of the implant, the amount of energy expended to the body would be dissipated down to fraction of the PSI that the bullet would have delivered on its own.

  • Sam Suggs Sam Suggs on Feb 11, 2013

    probobly a 22lr holowpoint or somthing of the sort