A Far North man had to be airlifted to hospital after
accidentally stabbing himself in an artery while butchering a
The man was cutting up meat at Rawhiti, east of Russell, when
he slipped and drove the knife into the top of his thigh
around noon on Tuesday. The blade struck an artery causing a
He was driven to the medical centre in Russell where St John
Ambulance personnel applied a tourniquet to stop the
He was then flown in a serious condition to Whangarei
Hospital by the Northland Electricity Rescue Helicopter.
St John intensive care paramedic Mark Going said the patient
had lost a lot of blood due to the uncontrolled bleed but was
expected to make a full recovery.
- By Peter de Graaf of the Northern Advocate