There was no need for Ho Lung to fill in a form explaining his problem when he arrived at a hospital emergency department.
The giant fruit knife buried into his skull was a bit of a give-away. But staff were so shocked at his calm composure, he still had to bend down to prove it wasn’t a joke.
Mr Lung walked into Yanji hospital’s A&E, in Jilin province in northeast China, after climbing five flights of stairs because the lift was full.
He told receptionists: ‘I’d like to see a doctor please.’
An emergency x-ray showed that the blade penetrated through his skull and into his brain but had missed any of the main blood vessels.
During a three-hour operation, doctors carefully removed the blade without apparently causing any significant damage.
After the man was bandaged he even asked if he could go home.
Asked how the knife had ended up in his head he declined to give details to doctors, saying: ‘It’s like this, I was playing a silly game with my friend and it went wrong and I ended up with a knife in the head. It was just a silly mistake and it could have happened to anybody.’