A shirtless man with a knife in his back walked out of a Russian hospital’s emergency room to smoke a cigarette.
The patient, identified in reports only as 43-year-old Vladimir, was bleeding from the knife wound and was told to return inside, reported the Daily Mail.
“You are about to die,” he was told by hospital staff.
Vladimir then walked back into the hospital in Kazan.
Doctors persuade man with a knife embedded in his back to return to hospital ward in Russia https://t.co/1LbL2agHB4
— Daily Mail Online (@MailOnline) February 26, 2019
A nurse filmed the man in his underwear with the knife in his back going for a smoke.
According to the Mail, he was injured in a drunken brawl, but details about the incident are not clear.
Paramedics managed to dress his wound and didn’t take out the knife.
When he was being undressed, he told hospital staff he had “something to do” and began walking outside with the knife.
— Rankstr (@rankstr) February 26, 2019
“Vladimir, are you mad?” a nurse asked him.
The man then walks through the hospital and stops due to pain.
“How far are you going?” she then asks him. “It is winter outside. Come back.”
The footage shows snow on the ground as the temperature reached below freezing.
Vladimir then replies he was going out “for a smoke.”
Doctors tried to help him but he decided to go for a smoke in his underwear in -10C temperatures instead 😳
The nurse then tells him that he doesn’t have any cigarettes, calling his actions foolish.
“Young man, you are going to die now,” said a male doctor. “Let’s go, have an injection and you go home,” a medic also told him.
Vladimir, according to the report, wanted to get a cigarette from another smoker but was not successful.
The knife victim then goes inside, and the nurse tells him, “Yes, we’ll make one injection and let you go home.”
She added, “Come on, come with me. Go, go. Keep going. Go and lie down.”
A regional health agency said he was admitted into Zelenodolsk District Hospital in Tartarstan.
— RT (@RT_com) February 26, 2019
He underwent surgery to remove the knife and was in “stable” condition, a representative said.
According to state news outlet RT, Vladimir’s girlfriend is being investigated as a potential suspect in the attack.
Other details about the incident are not clear.
A video of the incident can be seen here (Warning: Very graphic; viewer discretion is advised).
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