Stabbing Victim's Defibrillator Stops Knife
It may have saved life of 57-year-old man
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted May 19, 2012 11:18 AM CDT
Stock image of an implantable defibrillator.   (Shutterstock)

(Newser) – A San Diego man's implanted defibrillator protected his heart in the weirdest way possible: Police say the device stopped a knife during an attack on Thursday, reports NBC San Diego. The 57-year-old victim remains hospitalized with serious injuries after getting stabbed in the chest during an argument, but authorities say it could have been much worse had the defibrillator not stopped the blade. His alleged assailant has been charged with attempted murder and assault with a deadly weapon.

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finkster
May 19, 2012 12:32 PM CDT
"Stabbing Victim's Defibrillator Stops Knife" Well that kept his heart beating a little longer.....now didn't it?
namvet
May 19, 2012 11:56 AM CDT
Excellent news!! I have one of those in my chest & now I know it will keep me alive in more ways than one. The added bonus is that, living in Canada, I did not have to pay for it.