Stabbing Pains: Chinese Man Has Knife in His Head for Four Years

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What are the chances you wouldn’t notice a blade stuck in your head for several years?

Sounds pretty unlikely, no? Well, a 37-year-old man in Yunnan Province, China went four years without realizing a knife was wedged in his cranium.

After Li Fu complained of a headache, his doctor X-rayed his head, finding the knife — the remnant of a robbery attack in 2006 — had been sitting in his brain unnoticed. Fu was treated by doctors following his attack, leading him and his family not to believe that the metal blade had been in his head for so long.

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Upon receiving a second opinion, Fu agreed to have the 4-inch knife removed from his brain.

“It’s a medical miracle. The knife was almost intact when we removed it,” said his surgeon Luo Zhiwei.

While NewsFeed agrees with Dr. Zhiwei that the knife’s survival’s impressive, we’re a bit more impressed with Fu.

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