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A nine-year-old boy has been saved by his crucifix necklace that stopped a stray bullet from penetrating his chest.
The incident occurred in the municipality of Las Talitas in the Argentine province of Tucuman at around 10pm on 31 December, however the news has just been reported by local media now.
The boy, identified as Tiziano, 9, was celebrating the New Year with his family when he felt a strong impact to his chest.
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 only found 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, 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, named 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 out who fired the bullet, however he said the most important thing is that his son is OK. There have been no updates on any arrests.
Suffolk Police confirmed the boy sustained serious injuries and was airlifted to Addenbrooke's Hospital following the incident in September. Another teenage boy was arrested and taken into custody for questioning.
The school tweeted at the time saying: "We have made aware by the police that there has been a serious incident involving one of our Year 11 students, on their way to school. Students in school are safe and we are managing the situation in constant, close communication with the police.
"Students are to remain in school and will be kept safe in liaison with the police. Police will be present in the area and around the school throughout the school day. At the present time we are expecting students to be dismissed at the end of the school day, 3.20, as normal."
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