Breast Implants Save Lives – No Really, They Do!

Jennifer Galvan

by Jennifer Galvan | October 5, 2011 @ 09:00AM

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Women who undergo breast augmentation usually do so to help enhance their bustline; never do they think that they could one day save their life! This is the case for yet another breast implants “carrier” as a woman recently survived a knife attack. That’s right – her silicone implants saved her life. According to reports, the woman's husband stabbed her during a dispute and the knife became lodged in her implant, which in turn protected her heart. The implant didn’t leak or lose its shape, but was consequently removed in order to prevent leaking into the capsule and surrounding breast tissue. But this isn’t the first time we’ve heard of women escaping death thanks to their breasts.

In 2010, reports surfaced of a woman who survived what would have been a deadly gunshot to the chest. Although medical professionals won’t come out and state that her size D breast implants stopped the bullet, it appears that this is exactly what happened. According to reports, “the bullet fragments were millimeters from her heart and her vital organs. If not for the implant, she might not be alive.” The victim’s implant subsequently deflated and has had to be replaced.

 

Then there was the Israeli woman in 2006 whose life was saved by her implants. During the Lebanon war, a Hezbollah rocket attack went off nearby and the deadly shrapnel got lodged in her implant. Had the implant not been in her breast, the shrapnel would have penetrated through to her heart and killed the victim. Although her life was salvaged, the same couldn’t be said about the implant; it has since been replaced.

Also in 2006, a woman involved in a car accident was also saved by her large breast implants that “acted like airbags.” The breast implants absorbed the impact of the crash and helped protect her ribs and other organs. However, unlike real airbags, her implants exploded; these were likely replaced soon afterwards.

We must state, however, that although there have been cases of breast implants saving lives, this is not a valid reason to undergo breast augmentation surgery. Nor is it a good idea to test them on their durability. They are not indestructible (in the UK, a woman’s breast implant popped when she was hit with a paintball in August of this year) and should not be used as a protective device. If you are interested in breast enhancement for other reasons, please be sure to consult with a qualified plastic surgeon.

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