A nine-year-old boy has been saved by his crucifix necklace after it stopped a stray bullet in front of his home.
The boy, identified as Tiziano, was celebrating New Year’s Eve with his family in northwest Argentina when he felt a strong impact to his chest around 10pm.
Tiziano told local broadcaster Telefe Tucuman that he was standing in front of his house waiting for his sister and cousin to go inside when he suddenly felt pain and saw a bullet on the ground next to him.
He was taken to hospital where he was examined by medical staff who found only a superficial wound on his chest, which was treated within the hour.
The nine-year-old and his family did not realise how close the bullet came to penetrating his body until his father, David, 36, received a picture from the boy’s aunt showing the crucifix necklace she found on the ground.
One of the pictures shows the cross pendant from behind, which the family claims saved the boy’s life by stopping the bullet from penetrating his chest.
Tiziano said he did not realise the crucifix had saved him until his aunt sent the picture showing the burn mark, as all he remembered was losing his chain and finding the bullet.
The boy’s mum, Alejandra, said that although some may believe the incident was an incredible stroke of luck or coincidence, she believes it was “a miracle”, adding that Tiziano was blessed and is a blessing to her and his father.
David said the authorities have been informed and are conducting investigations to find who fired the bullet, however he said the most important thing is that his son is okay.
There have been no updates on any arrests.
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