A relatively easy procedure when you’re admitted to a hospital, removing one’s own hernia actually is quite difficult, as one 63-year-old Glendale man recently found out:
Glendale News Press: When police arrived at the man’s home on the 1000 block of Columbus Avenue, they saw the naked man lying outside on a lounge chair with what appeared to be the handle of a knife protruding from his stomach, Police Sgt. Tom Lorenz said.
As police waited for paramedics to arrive, Lorenz said the man pulled out the knife and shoved a cigarette he was smoking inside the open wound.
That must be one of them guerilla tactics that you get to learn when you’re gunned down by enemy fire. Wonder what type of cigarette our hero was smoking. Only the best we hope…
In attempting to remove his own hernia, said Sam Carvajal, a surgeon at Glendale Adventist Medical Center, he likely caused more harm than good.
“It is absolutely impossible for someone to fix their own hernia,” Carvajal said.
And most hernia patients don’t suffer severe enough pain that would cause them to attempt surgery on themselves, he added.
“Obviously, there is some amount of psychosis going on,” Carvajal said.
Whenever someone stabs a cigarette into their open wound, you can pretty much assume psychosis is probably a safe bet. Never mind at least he knew enough to use a clean knife. So he can’t be all that crazy…