Man used sewing needle and dental floss to patch lip
DARWIN, Australia (WOFL FOX 35 ORLANDO) --An Australian man, who had sliced his lip open in an accident, chose to stitch the wound with a sewing needle and dental floss, rather than wait the 10 hours he was told it would take before he could receive medical treatment.
Allan Dell had no medical background but knew to sterilize the needle before he began the procedure, the Daily Telegraph reported.
"I grew up in the bush in country," he told the paper. "I'm also a chef, so I'm not too strange with threading meat."
Dell, 26, cut his lip from the base of his nose down to his teeth after he said he was struck in the face with a guitar. The accident also left him with a cracked tooth.
When he went to an emergency room at a hospital in Darwin in the middle of the morning, he was told that he would have to wait until the day shift doctor arrived before patch work could begin on his laceration.
So, he decided dental floss was the best way to go.
"I think Crocodile Dundee did it once," Dell told the paper. "It worked."