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U.S. man operates on himself with butter knife

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posted on Jul, 28 2011 @ 01:36 PM
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We really need a new category for stories like this... Way Above Freaking Weird!


(Reuters) - A 63-year-old American man with a hernia plunged a butter knife into his abdomen to try to fix the problem, and later put a lit cigarette in the wound, according to police.

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Well there's not much to this story but I can make a few guesses.. this old dude surely on some form of public aid was getting the run around from his medical provider... Hernia's hurt you know... so I can well imagine him getting frustrated that... he tried to do it himself...

what is truly astonishing though... is the cops were there to watch him do it!!!

Police officers watched as the man, after pulling the knife out of his abdomen, put a lit cigarette in the wound


Why didn't they stop him???




posted on Jul, 28 2011 @ 01:50 PM
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Police officers watched as the man, after pulling the knife out of his abdomen, put a lit cigarette in the wound

Why didn't they stop him???


Well he was making they're life easier by doing they're job for them.



posted on Jul, 28 2011 @ 01:56 PM
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Jeebus, how did he get a butter knife to break his skin? I'd go with a steak knife myself, and probably some grilling tongs to move organs out of the way.



posted on Jul, 28 2011 @ 02:01 PM
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Originally posted by jjkenobi
Jeebus, how did he get a butter knife to break his skin? I'd go with a steak knife myself, and probably some grilling tongs to move organs out of the way.


lol that is so gross


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posted on Jul, 28 2011 @ 02:03 PM
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How the hell did he pull that off ? With my dull butter knifes, If I pulled that you'd see a teenage girl on the news that died of stupidity. Sheer madness, that is the barmiest thing i've heard all day.
I mean I know healthcare is expensive but damn, dude I personally take you to the hospital in a shopping cart if I have to. He could've gotten arrested like that other man for healthcare, but sweet jesus; I am done. Shaking my head over here people.
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posted on Jul, 28 2011 @ 02:06 PM
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this is how REAL men fix their wounds. with a dull butter knife, cigarettes work, but i prefer using gunpowder.

what a pro.



posted on Jul, 28 2011 @ 02:06 PM
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Why didn't they stop him???


maybees they were not close enough ?

police are not omnicient

how long does it take to draw a knife from a wound and insert a fag - a fraction of a second ???? assuming both hands are used



posted on Jul, 28 2011 @ 02:10 PM
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Just so everyone knows... fag is a British slang for a cigarette... here in the States "fag" is a derogatory towards gays...

anyway you are of course right... if it had been me standing there I'm pretty sure I would have have been stunned into inaction at the sight..



posted on Jul, 28 2011 @ 02:12 PM
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If you had proper healthcare for all..

.. this would not need to happen.

Disgusting that a country cannot treat their own citizens and those in need.

I would hardly call that a civilized country.


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posted on Jul, 28 2011 @ 02:22 PM
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What we have here is a case of stupidity. Not only did he rip open his intestines, but he put a cig in there to boot. Must have been messy I imagine. Maybe he had a death wish.



posted on Jul, 28 2011 @ 02:30 PM
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It never ceases to amaze me how desperate some people are for proper healthcare in the US, a huge, rich and developed country. I still can't quite believe that so many people are refused life saving medical attention because they don't have the adequate insurance or a huge amount of money.

As usual, I mean no disrespect to the USA or its citizens, it just makes me truly appreciate the National Health Service in the UK. Yes, national insurance is mandatory for tax payers and it's not a tiny amount that we pay, but I am happy that anyone who needs treatment will get it somehow.

Just out of interest and if anyone is willing to share, how much does it cost for decent health insurance in the US?



posted on Jul, 28 2011 @ 02:34 PM
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People can do some pretty resourcefully things when in enough pain. One bloke a while ago cut his own arm off with a pocket knife after it got trapped behind a boulder in some no where place, he lived. A fresh razor blade would have done a cleaner job, but some times you just have to work with the tools you have got. I will remember the cigarette though to help stop the bleeding.



posted on Jul, 28 2011 @ 02:35 PM
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Originally posted by luckythirteen
It never ceases to amaze me how desperate some people are for proper healthcare in the US, a huge, rich and developed country. I still can't quite believe that so many people are refused life saving medical attention because they don't have the adequate insurance or a huge amount of money.

As usual, I mean no disrespect to the USA or its citizens, it just makes me truly appreciate the National Health Service in the UK. Yes, national insurance is mandatory for tax payers and it's not a tiny amount that we pay, but I am happy that anyone who needs treatment will get it somehow.

Just out of interest and if anyone is willing to share, how much does it cost for decent health insurance in the US?


Even with the Irish healthcare that is privitised (I find privatisation a bad idea anyway as I am a Socialist in a socialist country
) they still give free healthcare to elderely and those on benefits (income support etc).

So why can the US not do that either?

I find the whole thing about have and have not's on basic human care just sickening.

You have a lot to learn from Socialist countries, they put their people's health first, because they are more productive to the countries wealth later.



posted on Jul, 28 2011 @ 02:38 PM
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Originally posted by luckythirteen
It never ceases to amaze me how desperate some people are for proper healthcare in the US, a huge, rich and developed country. I still can't quite believe that so many people are refused life saving medical attention because they don't have the adequate insurance or a huge amount of money.

As usual, I mean no disrespect to the USA or its citizens, it just makes me truly appreciate the National Health Service in the UK. Yes, national insurance is mandatory for tax payers and it's not a tiny amount that we pay, but I am happy that anyone who needs treatment will get it somehow.

Just out of interest and if anyone is willing to share, how much does it cost for decent health insurance in the US?

Thousands if you have a baby it's three thousand dollars to stay a night or two.....



posted on Jul, 28 2011 @ 02:39 PM
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Well, you all cried that it was unconstitutional to have healthcare for all!

So, I guess now you will all be dropping like flies if the recession keeps biting.

You cannot have your cake and eat it.

Irony is, You will get more healthcare in a warzone bombed by the US from aide workers than you will get as a US citizen in the US.

Terrible.
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posted on Jul, 28 2011 @ 02:42 PM
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Originally posted by Heartisblack

Originally posted by luckythirteen
It never ceases to amaze me how desperate some people are for proper healthcare in the US, a huge, rich and developed country. I still can't quite believe that so many people are refused life saving medical attention because they don't have the adequate insurance or a huge amount of money.

As usual, I mean no disrespect to the USA or its citizens, it just makes me truly appreciate the National Health Service in the UK. Yes, national insurance is mandatory for tax payers and it's not a tiny amount that we pay, but I am happy that anyone who needs treatment will get it somehow.

Just out of interest and if anyone is willing to share, how much does it cost for decent health insurance in the US?

Thousands if you have a baby it's three thousand dollars to stay a night or two.....


Can't you just book a cheap room in the Hilton or Ritz?

lol



posted on Jul, 28 2011 @ 02:46 PM
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A hernia repair is a one hour or less, generally out-patient operation. The cost is under $10,000. However, if you ever had a hernia you cannot readily work in most jobs. If you do you risk strangulating that hernia which is a life threatening situation. Either way, nobody in America should have to operate on themselves with a butter knife. The hernia procedure is very simple process, compared to other surgeries. The doctor opens you up...pushes the intestine below the muscle where it popped out and then staples a mesh screen on the muscle to prevent protrusions.

I go in for a hernia repair next week. I could not imagine cutting myself open with a butter knife. Thankfully, we have medicaid that will cover this procedure, since the employer and insurance company refused to accept responsibility for it. So much for private ran insurance. They seem to just want to stiff you when you need coverage.



posted on Jul, 28 2011 @ 02:47 PM
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Offtopic: do u blog at all? your avatar seems familiar..

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ontopic: could do with a but scratcher is there such a thing, oh wait stilll offtopic my bad..



posted on Jul, 28 2011 @ 02:53 PM
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Originally posted by Heartisblack

Thousands if you have a baby it's three thousand dollars to stay a night or two.....


That's astonishing! I saw something on a documentary some time ago where a young girl crashed her car and was found unconscious. I think she ended up in a coma, and when she finally came out of it, she was told that her insurance didn't cover it because she didn't call to pre-approve the hospital stay! She owed some ridiculous sum that was in the tens of thousands of dollars.

This girl had insurance and was still left with a bill, so I really feel bad about the people who couldn't afford the insurance in the first place. Is there a monthly insurance cost? I'm also assuming that if you suddenly receive a bill for tens of thousands that you are put on some kind of payment plan? What happens if you need a dozen costly procedures in as many years?

I have purchased travel insurance for a 2 week trip to the US that cost around £12 and covers me for around $5,000,000. If I was staying a month and it cost me £24, would this be close to a monthly cost for health insurance as a US citizen?



posted on Jul, 28 2011 @ 02:55 PM
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Long time ago I did... used to have a not so smalling following...
See I'm one of those annoying photoshop experts... I posted thousands of how too's
but not for a couple of years now...

and certainly I would never want to do a how operate on oneself with butter knife...




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