A Brazilian woman survived being shot in the chest Saturday by robbers because cash she had stashed in her bra absorbed the impact of the bullet, the Telegraph reported.

Ivonete Pereira, 58, was riding a bus in the northeast Brazilian state of Bahia when it was held up by armed robbers.

Aware of frequent highway robberies, Pereira had stuffed $67 in cash in the left cup of her bra.

During a shootout with a police officer, a stray bullet hit Pereira in the chest.

The cash was enough to absorb enough impact of the bullet to save her life. She was still taken to the hospital to have the bullet removed.

A retired police sergeant was killed during the clash with the robbers, who escaped.

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