In a completely bizarre and tragic tale, an elderly Tibetan man from Qinghai province recently had a rusty knife removed from his skill, 26 years after being stabbed.
The 76-year-old goatherd, given the pseudonym Duo Jie, said that the 10-centimeter-long knife had been inside his head since a violent mugging way back in 1994.
It didn’t cause him any serious problems until about eight years ago, when he went to see a local doctor about his chronic headaches.
However, the medical facility in rural Qinghai was not equipped to handle so sensitive a case. The doctor decided that the knife should stay exactly where it was and prescribed him some painkillers for the discomfort.
Duo Jie lived like that until a team of medics touring the countryside heard about his case and dropped in for a visit.
By this time, the knife was causing more than just migraines, Duo Jie was losing sight in his right eye and movement in his left arm and leg.
The medics decided that the knife would have to be extracted and that Duo Jie would have to be taken elsewhere for the extremely difficult medical procedure.
In April, the Tibetan villager was flown more than 3,000 miles to the Shandong capital of Jinan where a team of surgeons at the Shandong Qianfoshan Hospital performed two operations to finally remove the rusty blade from his head.
After waking up from the operation and hearing that it was a success, Duo Jiereportedly gleefully thanked doctors, saying that his “more than 20 years long nightmare” was finally over and that he could at last laugh out loud, open his mouth wide, and cough once again.
Duo Jie didn’t have to pay a dime for the travel or operation. He is reported to be recovering well from the surgeries, regaining sight in his right eye and movement in his left side.