Staff sergeant Shaun Frank, a Utah soldier deployed in Afghanistan, was trying to help right an army vehicle that had rolled over when a young boy approached him with a homemade bomb. From just a few feet away, Frank took aim, but it was too late: the device exploded in a hail of shrapnel, metal ball bearings, and debris, some of which ripped through his body.

He could have been hit in a major leg artery as well, were it not for an iPhone 5 in his pocket that blocked large pieces of shrapnel. Alisha Lantz, Frank’s sister, told KSL that “[the medics] did tell him when he got back to base that that iPhone probably saved his life.”

Source: The Daily Dot