A little over a week ago, a Georgia woman felt a small lump protruding from the roof of her mouth. At first she thought it may have been a stray popcorn kernel, so she started digging around to see if she’d be able to remove the foreign object. It took less than a minute for her to find the culprit, yet she was a little shocked to find that it turned out to be a stray bullet! Wow! Now she has a souvenir she’ll keep with her forever, that also solves an 11-year mystery.
The unlikely oral discovery happened about a week ago, when something from her past came back in a very unexpected way. Eleven years prior to her sudden feeling of needing to floss, the Georgia woman was 15-years-old and three months pregnant, when she went to visit her grandma. She told WLBT the she was hanging out with family, when a neighbor down the street was doing something else in his kitchen that would ultimately cause the teen (at the time) and her child, complications for years to come.
“We were all hanging out,” Smith recalled in a recent interview with the news station. “A guy that lived down the street from us had a gun that he took from his uncle, and he was in the kitchen playing with it. He pulled the trigger and said it wasn’t loaded and I was in the line of fire.”Smith was struck by the irresponsible man’s stray bullet. Although she survived, she and her unborn baby suffered many consequences. In the time since being hit, the now 26-year-old has endured an aneurysm, two brain and ear surgeries, and an eye surgery. The damage ultimately resulted in her going blind in that eye and having to get a prosthetic replacement. To make matters worse, the baby girl she was pregnant with when it happened, was later born with unspecified complications, due to the lack of oxygen she received during the accident.