A Canadian woman has her breast implants to thank for saving her life in a shooting.
Eileen Likness, of Calgary, testified at the trial of her ex-boyfriend Wednesday that if it weren’t for her surgically enhanced breasts, she would have been seriously hurt or even killed.
‘My implants took the brunt of the force,’ Likness said in court.
Life-saving: Eileen Likness said she had survived being shot at the hands of her ex-boyfriend in 2006 thanks to her breast implants
The victim explained that when Fernando Chora, 61, fired his 9mm handgun at her, a bullet grazed her right arm before piercing both her breast implants and left forearm, according to the Toronto Sun.
Likness said the projectile, which entered her right breast, grazed her chest plate and exited her left breast, destroying the silicone implants.
‘They were gone,’ she told defense attorney Adriano Lovinelli.
It is likely, however, that the outcome of the January 2006 shooting would have been far worse had it not been for the buffers in Likness’ chest.
After recovering from her injuries, the woman underwent another breast enhancement surgery.
Close call: Likness said the bullet fired from a 9mm handgun grazed her right arm before piercing both her breast implants and left forearm
Likness’ ex-boyfriend is on trial for attempted murder, aggravated assault and weapons charges stemming from the January 2, 2006, incident.
The 61-year-old Chora is also accused of breaking into the home of an elderly couple after the shooting and holding them at gunpoint.
According to Likness, she had been driving Chora around for several hours before she got tired and decided to drop him off.
The woman said in court that she pulled over on a side street, and after Chora got out and walked a short distance, she heard what sounded like two gunshots.
Likness bolted from the still running vehicle and ran to a nearby restaurant for help. She was later airlifted to Foothills Hospital, where she was treated for her injuries.
There have several cases in the past decade when breast implants were credited with saving lives.
Most recently, in January 2012 a Florida woman survived a stabbing when her ex-fiance’s new girlfriend plunged a knife in her chest, according to the blog Man Cave Daily. Thanks to the victim’s surgically enhanced breasts, her vital organs were unharmed.
In 2009, Lydia Carranza was working in a dentist’s office in Beverly Hills when a co-worker’s ex-husband charged in with a shotgun and opened fire.
The woman was hit in the arm and chest, but her breast implants stopped the bullet from piercing her heart.
In a more extreme example, a 24-year-old Israeli woman’s implants were credited with saving her life when a rocket shrapnel struck her in the chest during the 2006 Lebanon war.