Stabbing victim: My breast implants saved my life

BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. - A Florida woman who was stabbed in the chest credits her breast implants with saving her life.

Doctors say the victim's breast implant had just enough saline in it to stop the knife from piercing her chest.

The 41-year-old woman, who paid $6,000 about three months ago for her breast augmentation, now calls it "the best investment I've made, obviously."

Without the surgery, a recent stabbing could have cost her her life.

"It was just really lucky, fortunate, just think about it," said Dr. Frank Filiberto, the chief cosmetic surgeon who put in her implants. "Three months ago if it happened to her, she would have been dead."

The victim says her ex-fiance's new girlfriend attacked her outside of his apartment, first scratching her car, then turning the knife on her, stabbing her repeatedly in the left side of her chest.

"It happened so fast," the victim, who did not want to be identified, said. "I look down and I was covered in blood."

Then she realized, the knife had punctured the implant and she was soaked with saline.

Doctors say the salt water and walls of the implant prevented a deadly blow.

"It probably gave and couldn't get through it," Filberto said. "Then it went through it and couldn't go through the back wall."

Filberto said she could have had a collapsed lung, or the knife may have even punctured her heart.

This kind of damage isn't typically covered by warranty, but because the patient is a victim of a crime, the manufacturer will cover the cost.

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