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Surgeons in southern China successfully removed a rusty, 4-inch knife from the skull of a man who said it had been stuck in there for four years. Li Fuyan, 30, had been suffering from severe headaches, bad breath and breathing difficulties but never knew the cause of his discomfort. Li 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 realizing it.
Dr. Eugene Flamm, chairman of neurosurgery at New York’s Montefiore Medical Center, 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. Surgeons worked cautiously to remove the badly-corroded blade without shattering it. The case, which one of the doctors described as a “miracle,” has been widely covered by the Chinese media and discussed on the Internet.