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Man still seeks surgery after taking knife to his stomach hernia

Glendale resident Maria Demestihas holds a photo of her husband Nicholas at their home on Wednesday, July 27, 2011. Nicholas attempted to perform surgery on himself last weekend with a 6-inch butter knife. (

A man who used a butter knife to try to remove a football-sized hernia protruding from his stomach is still trying to get doctors to treat him, his wife said.

For several days now, Maria Demestihas told the Glendale News-Press, she's been at Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center, pleading desperately with doctors to treat the hernia.

Her husband, Nicholas Demestihas, was taken to a hospital earlier this week after he attempted to perform surgery on himself. Doctors addressed the knife wound but left the hernia alone. Maria Demestihas said her husband’s schizophrenia has made it more difficult for him to solicit surgery.

“The issue is the money because we don’t have insurance,” she said. “If he had insurance, they would do it right away.”


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Photo: Glendale resident Maria Demestihas holds a photo of her husband, Nicholas, at their home on Wednesday. He attempted to perform surgery on himself with a 6-inch butter knife. Credit: Roger Wilson / Times Community News

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