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A man walked into a hospital with a bloodstained meat cleaver lodged in his forehead and the below video shows him lying on a bed with the cleaver still embedded in his skull:
The unnamed patient wearing jeans and a white T-shirt arrived in the accident and emergency department of Chongyang People's Hospital in the city of Xianning, which is in Central China's Hubei Province.
An image shows him alive and conscious while being accompanied by two male acquaintances. The shiny stainless steel meat cleaver is lodged deep in his skull after he is said to have been hacked by an as-yet-unnamed assailant during an 'altercation'.
The county hospital said the man, whose name has not been disclosed, arrived late on 8 June with blood dripping down his face.
Footage shows him lying on a hospital bed with the blade in his forehead as he awaits treatment.
A hospital spokesperson said the man had undergone surgery to have the cleaver removed. The operation was successful, and he was not in any life-threatening condition while continuing his recovery at the facility.
Members of the county's Tiancheng Police Station said they were still investigating the incident which led to the patient's injury. An officer said: "We've yet to receive any reports related to the incident, but we're looking into it."
No arrests had been made at the time of writing.
Earlier this week, a Chinese man walked into a hospital with a crossbow bolt in his chest after accidentally shooting himself with the weapon.
Mr Peng, 21, stunned visitors and medics as he waited his turn with the bolt
in his chest at the accident and emergency department of Guangxi People's
Hospital in Nanning, capital of Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region in South
The young man missed his heart by just 0.2 inches but chief cardiothoracic surgeon Luo Qiang explained how the bolt punctured Mr Peng's left lung and broke one of his ribs before around 15 centimetres (6 inches) remained lodged in his chest.
Doctor Luo said: "When Mr Peng arrived, the bolt was about 1 centimetre from his heart muscle. We spent an hour operating on him, removing a section of damaged lung tissue, patching it up and stopping the bleeding.
"His surgery went very well. He has since regained consciousness and is in good spirits. He can speak and eat without issue. He will be discharged in the coming days. As he's young and healthy, I expect him to make a full recovery."