#1 Karla Flores’ Incident
On a very hot day, the mother of three, was selling seafood as she regularly does on a street of Culiacán, in the state of Sinaloa, in northwestern Mexico. Suddenly she heard a loud explosion.
#2 She’s Struck In The Face
She turned to look where the loud noise came from and something hit her face on the left cheek. She instantly fell down onto the sidewalk and felt a burning where she was struck, she felt it was bleeding. Luckily a passerby rushed her to the hospital.
#3 A Live Grenade!
Upon getting an x-ray the object that struck Flores was identified by military personnel as being the head of a live grenade! The noise she heard was the grenade being fired with a launcher, but somehow it didn’t explode upon hitting her face.
#4 Hospital Heroes
If the grenade had exploded it would’ve killed everyone within a 32-foot radius, any movement could set it off. Quickly, the hospital isolated Flores and realized that working on her would be risky and deadly. Bravely four medical team members volunteered to operate on her: Two anesthesiologists, Felipe Ortiz y Cristina Soto, the nurse Rodrigo Arredondo and Dr. Lidia Soto.