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Cops: Calif. man tries to fix hernia with butter knife

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A 63-year-old California man was recovering in the hospital on Tuesday after trying to fix a hernia in his stomach with a six-inch butter knife, police said.

The man's wife called police to say her husband was sick and tired of waiting to get surgery for his rupture and decided to take matters into his own hands on Sunday evening, Glendale Police Sgt. Tom Lorenz told

When officers arrived at the couple's apartment, they discovered the man, naked and sprawled out on a lawnchair, with a butter knife protruding from his abdomen, Lorenz said. The man was cooperative and even pulled out the knife when asked, he said.

"As an officer, we are told that no call will be the same and to always expect the worst — from the dumbest thing in the world to carnage," said Lorenz, adding. "This falls somewhere in between."

The man, whose name was not released, was admitted into the Los Angeles County USC Medical Center's psychiatric ward.

"Whether they have insurance or not is not a matter anymore, seeing that he is in the care of the county," Lorenz said. "Because of that, he will get the removal or repair of the hernia at taxpayers' expense."