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Man Attempts His Own Surgery With Butter Knife


GLENDALE, California ~ (AP) ~ A Southern California man stuck a butter knife into his abdomen in a failed attempt to remove a painful hernia.

According to a report from Glendale Police released on July 26th, the wife of the unidentified 63-year-old man called 911 and told the emergency operator her husband was using a knife to remove  a protruding hernia. Police spokesman Sgt. Tom Lorenz said, "she said he had impaled himself on the knife." When officers arrived on the scene, they found the man naked in a patio chair outside his apartment with a 6-inch butter knife protruding from his stomach. The man's wife told the officers he was upset about the hernia and wanted to take it out.

While the officers were waiting for paramedics to arrive at the scene, the man pulled out the knife and inserted a cigarette, which he had been smoking, into the bleeding, open wound. "What he was thinking, I don't know," said Lorenz, "I don't know if he was cauterizing it (the wound)." The sergeant also added that the man wasn't screaming or showing any signs of pain. Because of his actions and statements made by his wife, the man was placed on psychiatric hold and taken to Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center. Because of that hold, for up to 72 hours, Lorenz said the man's name could not be released in accordance with the California Welfare and Institutions Code. "You just never know what to expect," said Lorenz, who has been on the police force for 29 years, "I've seen self-mutilation, but not a maneuver like this."

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