Monday, November 13, 2006

Superb Good Luck

Talk about lucky- a Brazilian woman was shot in the head six times and survived- in fact, none of the .32 calibre bullets actually penetrated her skull, all lodging in her scalp.

A Brazilian woman who was shot six times in the head after an altercation with her ex-husband was out of the hospital and talking to the media on Saturday.

"I know this was a miracle," 21-year-old housewife Patricia Goncalves Pereira told Globo TV. "Now I just want to extract the bullets and live my life."

Pereira was shot Friday in the small city of Monte Claros, about 900 kilometers (560 miles) north of Sao Paulo, after quarreling with her former husband, who was reportedly upset because she refused to get back together with him. She was also shot once in the hand.

Doctors could not explain why the .32-caliber bullets did not penetrate Pereira's skull and didn't even need to be extracted immediately.

"I can't explain how something like this happened," surgeon Adriano Teixeira said, adding that the bullets were lodged under the woman's scalp.

The ex-husband was still at large.

The moral of the story- well, it's probably a fluke that this happened but it seems to me that what people should take away from this is not to rely on a Mozambique to make up for a lack of stopping power in a carry or home defence gun.

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