A man who was stabbed more than a year ago had learned this week that the knife used against him was stuck in his chest.
Kent Ryan Tomao, 25, was stabbed by a group of teens in January 2020 when he was in Kidapawan City. He was brought to a government-owned hospital for treatment, but the attending physician allegedly just stitched his wound up and didn’t give him an X-ray.
“He just closed it and said the wound wasn’t so bad,” Tomao told ABS-CBN News in Filipino.
Sometimes the wound bothered Tomao, but he didn’t think there was anything amiss until he went for an X-ray this week, a requirement for a mining job that he was applying for in Agusan del Sur. Tomao was shocked when he was told that there was a knife stuck in his chest, near his lungs.
“I always wonder why I feel some pain in my chest when the weather is cold. But I have no idea there is a knife in my chest,” he told a local radio station.
Tomao is planning to go back to Kidapawan City to have the knife removed at the government hospital that first treated him. He said he has no intention to sue the hospital or the physician who first treated him.