Sunday, February 27, 2011

Gold Tooth Saves Life

originally posted 2-23-11

Gold tooth may have saved New Orleans shooting victim
Published: Tuesday, February 22, 2011, 7:24 PM     Updated: Tuesday, February 22, 2011, 10:42 PM
 By Danny Monteverde, The Times-Picayune 
Walter Davis may have been saved by the shiny, gold skin of his tooth.
waltdell_davis_crop.jpgWaltdell Davis  
Davis was shot this month during an argument with his younger brother about drugs, according to New Orleans police. The bullet that was meant for him, Davis told paramedics, ricocheted off a gold tooth and saved his life.
According to police, Waltdell Davis, 20, shot his brother with a .22-caliber Smith and Wesson revolver on the afternoon of Feb. 7. The argument began after Walter Davis smoked his brother’s marijuana, police told the Uptown Messenger, a neighborhood news website.
After the argument, Walter Davis, who is 22, went inside the family home in the 3300 block of Second Street in Central City to take a nap, according to police.
A short time later, Waltdell Davis woke his brother and they began to fight, according to the police report. Waltdell drew his revolver and fired at Walter, who was hit in his upper lip.
Paramedics took Walter Davis to Interim LSU Public Hospital where, doctors told police, the only thing found was a bullet fragment near Davis’ left nostril.
Attempts to contact Walter Davis were unsuccessful Tuesday evening.
As implausible as it might sound, dentists say the gold tooth could have helped Walter Davis survive.

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