Huawei smartphone saves owner's life by taking bullet
15 September 2016, 09:12
Cape Town - A Huawei P8 Lite smartphone has saved the life of its owner, who was shot in the chest by armed muggers, by taking a bullet for him.
41-year-old Siraaj Abraham was ambushed by a pair of masked raiders late August when the South African businessman was pulling into his driveway outside his house in Cape Town.
During the fracas, one of the robbers shot Abraham in the chest from a distance of about two meters.
Thankfully, his Huawei P8 Lite unit, safely stored in his front pocket, took a 9mm bullet and ultimately saved the man's life.
It was reported that Abraham's heart had briefly stopped for a few seconds after the shot was fired. He was rushed to hospital after his 16-year-old daughter found him lying on the driveway outside his car.
Police are investigating the incident, saying that the two suspects are still at large.
The Huawei smartphone does not have a metal body, but its plastic build managed to stop a bullet from a two-meter distance.
Images show the bullet hit the back panel of the handset and stopped before it could penetrate the front panel.
The smartphone is not functional anymore but Huawei presented Abraham with a brand new Huawei P9 Lite to replace his damaged phone.
Huawei also invited the Abrahams to attend all of the home matches of the Ajax Cape Town soccer team as a VIP guest; the world's third largest smartphone manufacturer is one of the sponsors of the team.
It is not the first time that a Huawei device has saved a man's life.
During the general elections in Kenya, a man named Millward Brown was almost hit by a stray bullet, but his Huawei Mediapad stored in his backpack stopped the bullet before it could do harm.