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Man waits 6 hours with knife in brain

July 29, 2003: A fully conscious New Zealand man waited six hours – in pain – while surgeons debated the best course of action to remove a knife that had been imbedded deep into his brain.

Stabbed in an altercation at 4:00 a.m., the unnamed victim waited until 10:00 a.m. before being admitted to surgery. Though it had to be done quickly, such a delicate surgery needed some planning prior to the operation to remove the knife.

“It’s not the kind of operation we wanted to do at the end of the night,” said Martin Hunn, a Wellington Hospital neurosurgeon.

Whatever foolishness the man might have been involved in leading up to his injury, Hunn said he was smart not have tried to remove the knife himself.

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