Medicine: Birth Mark

Australian doctors were marveling last week at a baby story in their Medical Journal. The baby's young mother, when seven months pregnant, had accidentally shot herself in the abdomen. A surgeon found that the .22 bullet had gone through her uterus. He sewed up the mother's wounds, deciding against a Caesarean for fear of infection. Five days later a premature 5½ lb. baby was born alive and healthy except for a bloodless bullet hole drilled neatly through its thigh.


Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!