Brazilian motorcycle taxi driver Juacelo Nunes de Oliveira turned himself into his own ambulance – with miraculous results, doctors say.
de Oliveira got into a bar fight and was stabbed three times in the torso, with one wound perforating a lung, and once in the head. de Oliveira, 39, drove himself to a nearby hospital before being transferred to the Emergency Hospital of Teresina, a city 100 kilometers (62 miles) away from the area where the incident occurred.
Oh, by the way, he did all that with a knife sticking out of his head.
According to his doctors, de Oliveira was so shocked, he didn't even realize the handle of the 30-centimeter blade was protruding from his skull.
"It took him nearly three hours to arrive here at the hospital," Dr. Gilberto Albuquerque, general surgeon and hospital director, told CNN.
"He had the knife lodged in his head for this whole period but he was not aware of it," he said. "We believe the shock and a bit of the drinking may have helped him not to understand the knife was still in his head."
The surgical team said de Oliveira was lucky just to survive, as he had severed nerves and veins. Then he further impressed doctors, who called his recovery nothing short of a miracle.
"The knife crossed his head just behind the optical nerve, got very close to the olfactory nerve and (was) just a fraction from the gustatory nerve. He could have been blinded and could have lost his senses of smell and taste, but none of that happened and he is alive and healthy."
de Oliveira was sent home after a two-and-a-half-hour surgery.