California Man Attempts Hernia Surgery With Butter Knife
Glendale, California ~ (Associated Press) ~ A Southern California man attempted self surgery by sticking himself in the stomach with a butter knife. He obviously failed.
The wife of the 63 year-old would be surgeon found him with a butter knife inside of his belly in an attempt to remove a large, painful hernia. She immediately called 911.
A hernia occurs when an organ pokes through the surrounding muscle tissue, resulting often in extreme pain. Surgery is usually required, in some form or another, to push the organ back where it should it be.
Naked on a patio chair, the man was discovered by local police with a butter knife jutting from his gut. The man’s wife told the police that he was upset and wanted to take the hernia out.
While waiting for an ambulance to arrive on the scene the man removed the knife and shoved a cigarette he was smoking into the open wound. “What he was thinking, I don’t know. I don’t know if he was cauterizing it (the wound),” stated Sgt. Tom Lorenz of the Glendale Police Department. Lorenz also stated the man wasn’t seemingly in pain.
Based on the extreme actions taken by the man, he was placed on psychiatric hold and rushed to Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center.
Because the man is on psychiatric hold for up to 72 hours under the state Welfare and Institutions Code his name and condition cannot be released.
Sgt. Lorenz can still be shocked after 29 years on the force. “You just never know what to expect,” he said. “I’ve seen self-mutilation, but not a maneuver like this.”
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