LOS ANGELES -- A 63-year-old Glendale, Calif., man was in stable condition after he attempted surgery on himself with a 6-inch butter knife to remove a protruding hernia from his stomach, police said Tuesday.
When police arrived at the man's home on Sunday evening, they saw the man lying naked outside on a lounge chair with what appeared to be the handle of a knife protruding from his stomach, Sgt. Tom Lorenz of the Glendale Police Department told the Glendale News-Press.
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.
The man, whose name was not released, was immediately placed on a psychiatric hold and taken to a hospital, Lorenz said. The man's wife had reportedly notified police that her husband had become upset about the hernia and wanted to take it out.
"It is absolutely impossible for someone to fix their own hernia," said Sam Carvajal, a surgeon at Glendale Adventist Medical Center.
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