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.
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"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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