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Man attempts DIY hernia surgery

Posted on Wednesday, 27 July, 2011 | Comment icon 18 comments | News tip by: Still Waters

Image credit: CC 3.0 Gordon Joly

A 63-year-old man made headlines this week by trying to fix his own hernia using a butter knife.

Police who arrived at his home were shocked to discover him on a lounge chair with the knife sticking out of his abdomen. Even more bizarre is what he did next - after pulling the knife out himself he proceeded to insert the cigarette he was smoking in to the wound.

"A man is recovering in hospital after attempting surgery on himself using a butter knife."

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Comment icon #9 Posted by -WOLF-12227- on 27 July, 2011, 7:55
Nice! Fun fishing a small object out of your skin isn't it?
Comment icon #10 Posted by ripperking on 27 July, 2011, 10:22
Strange. I was under the impression that a hernia had to be ppushed back into the stomach and not cut out of the stomach as our poor gentleman was trying to achieve.
Comment icon #11 Posted by Spid3rCyd3 on 27 July, 2011, 14:30
Hope this guy never had any kids.
Comment icon #12 Posted by minimom on 27 July, 2011, 15:09
Probably because his wife wouldn't let him play with anything sharp. I hope. Lol
Comment icon #13 Posted by wideopenwindow on 27 July, 2011, 17:16
Really you guys, it doesn't take a genius to see that the guy probably didn't have health insurance, so he was looking at a $15,000 hospital bill, minimum. Desperate people do desperate things. Why is it that people in dire straits are considered ignorant? Maybe he lost everything in the crash? It's happening all over the country. Even people with heart problems have to put off their health care because they don't have the money. Get off your Republican soap box and give the guy, and others like him, a break. I just see another good reason why we need socialized medicine.
Comment icon #14 Posted by Robert1 on 27 July, 2011, 18:55
Ouch! And he did it with a butter knife of all things. That had to hurt. It reminds me of the thread that was posted on here a few months back about a Japanese criminal who performed DIY plastic surgery so he could elude the police. It didn't work out well for him either.
Comment icon #15 Posted by RadicalGnostic on 27 July, 2011, 19:18
In California there are many free clinics, and the County Hospital where he was taken treats indigent cases. He has no excuse for selfsurgery, in my opinion.
Comment icon #16 Posted by Taut on 27 July, 2011, 23:30
Excuse me? Dire straits does not prompt one to do self surgery - perhaps minor stuff like pellets and pebbles but don't think there might have been another factor? Like, mayber psychiatric illness. I've been in health care for 30 years, there are tons of options and tons of places that care for the indigent. You decide to stick a butter knife in your belly and cauterize it with a cigarette, you got other issues besides poverty. What soap box are you on?
Comment icon #17 Posted by 27vet on 28 July, 2011, 5:40
You can't fix stupid.
Comment icon #18 Posted by :PsYKoTiC:BeHAvIoR: on 28 July, 2011, 17:15
Maybe for added personal challenge?

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