Man Attempts Surgery With Butter Knife
July 26, 2011 by USA Post
Man Attempts Surgery With Butter Knife, A Southern California man stuck a butter knife in the belly in a failed attempt at self-surgery to remove a painful hernia, police said Tuesday. Glendale man’s wife of 63 years old, called 911 on Sunday night and told the emergency operator that her husband was using a knife to remove a protruding hernia, Sgt. Tom Lorenz said. “She said she had a knife,” said Lorenz. Officers found the nkd man in a patio chair outside his apartment with a knife 6 inch out of his stomach. The man’s wife told officers that her husband was upset by the hernia and wanted to do.
While waiting for paramedics, said the sergeant, the man pulled the knife and the filling of a cigarette he was smoking in the blood, the open wound.
“What he was thinking, I do not know. I do not know if it was the cautery (the wound),” said Lorenz.
The man was not screaming or showing signs of pain, said Sgt.
Based on their actions and statements of the wife, Lorenz said the man was put on hold and transferred to psychiatric Los Angeles County-USC Center Medical.
Because it is waiting for a psychiatric maximum of 72 hours in the State Welfare and Institutions, Lorenz said the man’s name and the condition couldn’t be released.
“You never know what to expect,” said Lorenz, who has been in police for 29 years. “I’ve seen self-mutilation, but not a drive like this.”
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