Defibrillator Protects Man’s Heart….From Stabbing

A San Diego man is still alive thanks to a defibrilator that was implanted in his chest protecting his heart, but not in the way you may expect.

The 57 year old man, his identity has not yet been released, was stabbed by an acquaintance near the elevators of Transit Center at Fashion Valley reports NBC. Surviving the ordeal only because his heart defibrilator stopped the blade of the knife before it could reach his heart and cause even more damage.

Authorities say the incident took place Thursday at 6:25 a.m. at a Trolley Station located on 7007 Friars Road West. According to reports, the man was apparently in an intense argument with acquaintance 60 year old Richard Kiley. The verbal altercation escalated to the point Kiley pulled out his folding knife and stabbed the 57 year old man on the left side of his chest one time before running from the scene of the incident, reports the Huffington Post. The blade of the knife stopping after hitting the victim’s implanted device.

Authorities arrived quickly on the scene of the incident and the stab victim has been transported to the hospital with serious injuries. Fortunately though he is still alive thanks to his heart defibrillator.

The suspect Richard Kiley was quickly tracked down by Trolley Security near the Imperial Trolley Station just before 9 a.m. Thursday morning. Local authorities arrested Kiley and he has been charged with attempted murder and assault with a deadly weapon.

As of Friday morning Kiley is still being held in jail.