Mildred was a 93 year-old woman who was particularly despondent over
the recent death of her husband Earl. She decided that she would just
kill herself and join him in death.
Thinking that it would be best to get it over with quickly, she took
out Earl's old Army pistol and made the decision to shoot herself in
the heart since it was so badly broken in the first place.
to miss the vital organ and become a vegetable and burden to someone,
she called her doctor's office to inquire as to just exactly where
the heart would be.
"On a woman," the doctor said, "your heart would be just below your
Later that night, Mildred was admitted to the hospital with a gunshot
wound to her left knee.