Thursday, 17. April 2014
02. 04. 08. - 14:30
A Chinese man who boasted to friends he could get a job as a sword swallower
almost died after getting a knife with a six inch blade stuck in his
Lu Huang, 31, from Chongqing City, had been watching a sword swallower on the telly and told friends he did not think it looked so hard.
After knocking back a few more glasses of rice wine to loosen his muscles he put the knife down his throat - but then lost his grip on the blade.
He said: "I did not know what to do, I told my friends not to say anything and hoped it might come out later on its own in a natural way. I spent more than a day unable to eat or drink and was barely able to breathe before I finally told my wife what I had done."
He went to the nearby Daping Hospital where doctors managed to remove the blade.
Surgeon Chen Jichuan said: "I have no idea what he was planning when he tried to swallow it but a knife that size could have cut an artery or sliced his windpipe open. He is lucky to still be alive."
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