In a case which doctors describe as a “miracle” and has been widely covered by the Chinese media and discussed on the internet, surgeons in southern China have removed a rusty, 10cm (4in) blade from the skull of a man who said it had been stuck in there for four years.

The 30 year old man, Li Fuyan, had been suffering from severe headaches, bad breath and breathing difficulties but never knew why. Li told doctors he had been stabbed in the lower right jaw by a robber four years ago and the blade broke off inside his head without anyone realising it.

Surgeons worked cautiously to remove the badly corroded blade without shattering it. “We checked his mouth, but no wound or scar has been found. It is very strange as to how the blade got into his head,” Xu Wen, deputy director of the hospital’s stomatology department, told state broadcaster CCTV.

Dr Eugene Flamm, chairman of neurosurgery at New York’s Montefiore medical centre, said x-ray images of the man’s head posted on the hospital’s website show the knife sitting behind the man’s throat, having missed the carotid artery and other key structures.

via The Guardian

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