After helicopters picked him up, medics inspected his injuries. They cut off his clothes and went through his pockets. There, they found his iPhone — with a bullet hole through it. “The medics would come up to me and say, ‘this is the coolest thing I’ve ever seen.’”
Stubleski wasn’t carrying it for calling or texting. He said he used it as a camera or for music. The doctors told him how lucky he was that the bullet didn’t hit the femoral artery. They said that the iPhone probably changed the trajectory of the bullet, making the wound shallower in his flesh. The protective cover he had on his phone made it so the glass didn’t shatter, making his wounds worse. He and his friends joked they should replace their body armor with iPads.