The underwire of a woman's bra apparently saved her from a stray bullet.

Shopkeeper Ivete Medeiros described her "bulletproof bra" as "a deliverance from God" rather than a fortunate purchase from the High Street.

According to Globo television network, Medeiros heard a commotion outside a supermarket in Belem, Brazil, and went to investigate.

She was then hit by a bullet from a thief who was holding up a passer-by on the other side of the street. The bullet hit Medeiros just under her left breast, but miraculously, it lodged in the underwire of her lace bra.

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