A woman from Brevard County on the east coast of Florida quite literally owes her life to her breast implants.
The victim was brutally attacked by another woman on January 10th. According to a Melbourne police report, she was stabbed in the chest with a pocket knife. The victim, who prefers to remain anonymous, stated she realized her implant was gushing fluid after the assault.
"I looked down and I was covered in blood."
She was transported to the hospital following the incident for emergency care.
Her punctured breast implant was surgically replaced on Monday by Dr. Frank Filiberto, world-renowned plastic surgeon from Artful Awakenings Cosmetic Surgery on Strawbridge Avenue in Melbourne. Filiberto, who is a board certified head, neck, and facial plastic surgeon, stated that the implant protected the victim's vital organs, such as her heart and lungs. The implants acted as body armor, preventing any serious internal damage.
The woman reports that the entire ordeal of the assault and its aftermath have been excruciating for her.
"The mental, emotional, and financial consequences that I've paid are quite severe."
The victim obtained her implants from Artful Awakenings Cosmetic Surgery just three months ago. She said it had never crossed her mind that she would be returning to have them replaced.
Filiberto states that during thirty years of practice and performing five thousand successful procedures, he has never dealt with the scenario of breast implants acting as a life-saving device.
"I encourage everyone to get them for safety reasons," he quipped.
This instance of breast implants saving lives in assault situations is not an isolated incident. The Russian newspaper Pravda has reported the case of a Moscow woman stabbed by her husband with a knife, but was spared further injury when the weapon became lodged in her silicone breast implant. In Beverly Hills, CA last year, a woman was shot in the chest yet she suffered only minor injuries.
The alleged assailant in the Melbourne incident was arrested and charged with aggravated battery with a deadly weapon.
The woman is on the mend, and expected to make a full recovery over the next several weeks.