Shot Through The Heart

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Wednesday, June 1, 2011 - 3:27pm

Woman shoots boyfriend on a dare; pellet pierces his heart.

A dare ended with a South Florida man in a hospital and barely surviving thanks to what doctors call a very unique heart.

Gabriel Mendigutia, 19, dared his girlfriend, Ally Castro, to shoot him in the chest with his pellet rifle at near point blank range.

Castro closed her eyes and pulled the trigger.

The pellet went directly through Mendigutia's heart, eventually getting lodged in his back.

Doctors at Jackson Memorial Hospital said the stunt would have killed most people, but Mendigutia's heart is special.

Despite the hole in his heart's main artery, Mendigutia's heart was able to pump blood around the bullet wound because of a "very rare" anatomical anomaly.

"He is a miracle case because so many things went in his favor,” said Dr. Nicholas Namias, who performed the surgery to save Mendigutia's life May 23.

Miami-Dade Police have ruled the incident an accidental shooting and Castro isn't expected to face any charges.
 

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