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A Filipino man didn't realise that he had a knife stuck in his chest for more than a year after being stabbed while walking home.
Kent Ryan Tomao, 36, was attacked on his way back from work in Kidapawan City, in the Phillipines, in January last year.
But when medics treated him, instead of removing the knife, he claims they just sewed the wound up, leaving the blade stuck in his chest.
Kent only realised that the knife was still lodged in his body next to his rib cage, inches away from piercing his lungs, when he had a health check for his new job on Tuesday 23 March.
But now he's demanding the doctors who missed the four-inch-long blade remove it so he can start work as a miner, as his new employers think it would be unsafe for him to work with the knife still in him.
He said: "The doctors did not check my wounds properly last year so I believe they are partly at fault about what happened. They should fix this."
Kent claims his wounds were stitched up stop him bleeding at the hospital, and he was then given painkillers and told to go home.
Fourteen months later Kent was given a job at a mining company and was due to start work next month.
But in his pre-employment medical test, an x-ray found the knife pointing upwards and stuck in his rib cage.
Kent said his chest hurt sometimes during the cold weather, but he never believed there was a serious problem.
He said: "I always wondered why I felt pain in my chest when the weather was cold. But I had no idea there is a knife in my chest.
"The pain was never bad enough to even go to see a doctor. I just waited for the pain to pass. Now I'm relieved that I know the real problem."
He will need to have an operation to take the knife out before he can start work, but sadly doesn't have the money he needs to pay for it.
He said: "I can't start working until I remove this knife but without a job I will not have money to pay for my medical needs."
The worker will return to the hospital next month to ask them to fix it.
Kent said he did not want to sue the hospital or the doctor, he simply wants the knife taken out so that he can start work.
He added: "I will not press charges, I just want them to remove the knife so I can start working in my new company."
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