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Wife of man who tried to cut out hernia with knife seeks help

August 1, 2011 |  7:31 am

Man cannot afford hernia surgery
The wife of a schizophrenic man who tried to cut out his hernia with a butter knife says he doesn't have health insurance or the money to pay for needed surgery.

Maria Demestihas has been shuffling through the halls of Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center recently, pleading desperately with doctors to remove a football-sized hernia protruding from her husband’s stomach, according to the Glendale News-Press.

Nicholas Demestihas attempted last week to cut out the large mass using a butter knife. He then put out a cigarette in the wound.

Emergency crews rushed him to the hospital, where doctors addressed the knife wound, but left the hernia alone.

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

An Alhambra clinic once came close to removing the hernia, but doctors backed out of the operation because of his unstable behavior, she said.

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-- Veronica Rocha, Times Community News

Photo: Glendale resident Maria Demestihas holds a photo of her husband, Nicholas. Credit: Roger Wilson / Times Community News.

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