Mum survives for a week with machete impaled in back after husband stabs her
A mum miraculously survived a stabbing despite unknowingly having an 11inch blade in her back for a week.
Kume Bayisa was at home with her four-month-old son when her husband stumbled home drunk last Boxing Day, it is alleged.
When the 25-year-old accused him of drinking too much, he grabbed a machete and stabbed her in the back so hard the handle snapped off, she claimed.
Kume was rushed to the community hospital near her home in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, where doctors said she "stumbled into the clinic coughing a lot and struggling to breathe".
She was kept in the practice for a week before being transferred to Menelik II Referral Hospital on January 2 when her condition deteriorated.
An x-ray revealed the blade and dedicated doctors had to spend another week gathering the tools and experts they needed to remove it.
Kume is now home and a suspect has been arrested.
Dr Luis Arrazola visited three hospitals in the country's capital Addis Ababa to gather all the right tools and build a team of surgeons.
The 54-year-old said: "It was a phenomenal case – an amazing moment in my career.
"The risk was that she'd bleed to death if we just took the knife out and we couldn't rush it, since it was crossing over some many vital organs.
"We put three clamps – a clamp in each place – on the right atrium of the heart, the inferior vena cava, and the portal vein and hepatic artery of the liver."
Kume said she had no idea the machete was still stuck inside her and the first clinic didn't carry out an x-ray.
She was then seen by Dr Arrazola who "could see that she was very poorly and in a fragile state the moment she walked through the door", he said.
An x-ray showed the machete was lodged in Kume's chest and had lacerated her liver, the main heart artery and one of her lungs before coming to rest next to her pancreas.
Kume had been bleeding internally since Boxing Day, but the Basque-American transplant surgeon said "she'd have bled to death if a team had just pulled the knife out".
Dr Arrazola, who trained in America, said that Menelek had "poor equipment not sufficient to removing a blade that size in that location".
After he had visited other hospitals and brought together a team of eight surgeons, Dr Arrazola helped perform a seven-hour operation in Bethel Hospital on January 9.
Dr Arrazola, who led the team alongside Seyoum Kassa, said the two big tasks at hand were removing the blade "the same way it came in" and "stopping the bleeding".
To achieve this, the team put Kume on her side for the entirety of the procedure and attached three clamps around the heart and liver to control the blood flow.
Kume spent two days in an intensive care unit before she was transferred back to Menelek and discharged in March.
Dr Arrazola said: "Kume's done everything I've asked of her.
"She's been incredible throughout all of this – she's fought so hard,
"Kume has been incredible throughout – she's fought so hard, to stay alive for her son."
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