Saturday, 25. October 2014
11. 08. 14. - 16:00
Chinese man Xiao Chien has amazed his countrymen after pictures showing him looking remarkably unconcerned about the fact that the knife blade was plunged into his head up to the hilt.
The knife that had been used by a woman for trimming plants on a 12th floor balcony in the the town of Guangyuan City in the province of Sichuan in south west China had been knocked off apparently by the owners pet cat.
It had then fallen 12 floors where it had not only hit Xiao, 45, who was walking below the balcony, but had embedded itself 12 centimetres into his brain.
He told local media: "I felt a blow to my head and I could see stars for a few seconds, and when I put my hand up to see if the was any blood I could feel something sticking out of my head. I felt remarkably calm about the whole thing, and realised that I couldn't pull it out. I thought maybe the best thing to do would be to go home and call an ambulance but after about hundred metres I felt faint and I had to sit down."
Shocked passers-by called emergency services and the injured man was taken to hospital where surgeons operated to remove the knife offer an x-ray that confirmed it had wedged into his head right up to the hilt.
And his remarkable calm amazed his countrymen although doctors say it might well be that the knife had in some way damaged the part of his brain that might otherwise have caused him to panic.
But they also added that as far as they could see he seemed to be unaffected by the knife blow and all his neural functions including eyesight, hearing, touch and cognitive abilities seem to be working normally. They added that if there is no sign of infection, within a day he can be released.
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