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Talk about a wonder bra! A Brazilian woman claims her support bra stopped a stray bullet and saved her from becoming the latest victim in the country's recent wave of people killed by gun violence.

Ivete Medeiros told the Globo TV that an errant bullet struck her in the chest as she walked out of a grocery store in the Amazonian city of Belem.

Medeiros, a market vendor, said she went out into the street to investigate a commotion, which turned out to be a robbery in progress. The thief opened fire across the street and a stray bullet hit Medeiros, lodging into the wiring of her black lace bra.

Closed-circuit TV footage showed Medeiros stumbling back into the store, according to Globo. Medeiros was treated by medics and released without injury.


She said she felt a “burning sensation” when she was shot. She gave thanks to God and the bra for saving her life.

More than a dozen Brazilians have been killed or wounded by stray bullets in recent weeks. In Rio de Janeiro, host to next year’s Olympics, a 4-year-old girl and a 9-year-old boy were killed and at least 10 others were injured by stray bullets in January alone. Some community leaders in Rio have complained that a police crackdown on heavily-armed criminal gangs is putting innocent bystanders at risk.