Unknowingly Stabbed in the Back

22-year-old Julia Popova was mugged on her way home from work in Moscow. She struggled with the purse-snatcher and was so shocked by the experience that she didn't realize he'd left a 6-inch knife sticking in her neck at the top of her back!
Her horrified parents rushed her to hospital where surgeons managed to remove the blade without damaging Julia's spine.

"Shock had kicked in and her body prevented her from feeling any pain. She simply walked home without feeling the knife in her back," said one medic.

Warning: the full picture at the link may be disturbing. http://austriantimes.at/news/Around_the_World/2010-02-02/20227/Shoulder_blade -via Arbroath

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There was a programme about pain on Radio 4 some years ago which explored how we describe pain. At one point they interviewed people who had been stabbed and the consensus was that it didn't result in a stabbing pain but was often barely noticeable.
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This also happened to an old woman years and years ago. She was the victim of a random, senseless act of violence. The knife was smaller than this one though. Someone find that story!
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