Only in RUSSIA | Man casually gets up and walks out of hospital with an axe in his back to go for a cigarette


Russia: Man walks out of hospital with an axe embedded in his back to go for a cigarette


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Staff were left trying to convince a patient to go back to the treatment room in the bizarre moment a patient with axe wedged in his back walks out to have a smoke.

The patient, named only as Vladimir, 34, was bleeding heavily from his wound but was determined to make it outside for a smoke.

This is the shocking moment a hospital patient with an axe wedged deeply in his back casually walks out of A&E to have a cigarette.

He only returned inside when he had finished his search for a cigarette after being warned he was risking his life and told:

“You are about to die”

He then walked back to the treatment room at the Zelenodolsk District Hospital in the Russian city of Kazan.

A nurse filmed the man, who was dressed only his underwear, as other staff tried to reason with him.

A female nurse can heard asking him: “Vladimir, are you mad?” before saying: “How far are you going? It is winter outside. Come back.”

He simply responded to say he was going “for a smoke”.

The man had been injured in a fight with a drunk man with the axe being plunged so deep into his back that only the handle was visible.

Ambulance staff who rushed to the scene managed to put a dressing around the wound without risking taking out the weapon.

A male doctor warned Vladimir: “Young man, you are going to die now”.

The patient had hoped to get a cigarette from another smoker outside the hospital’s door but his attempts were in vain.

As he gave up, the nurse told him: “Yes, we’ll make one injection and let you go home. Come on, come with me. Go, go! Keep going! Go and lie down!”

A spokesman confirmed Vladimir had undergone surgery to remove the axe and was in a “stable” condition remaining hospitalised.


Slavic people have a stereotypical reputation for ultra macho and often self destructive attitudes to personal safety and injury. Whether or not there is any truth behind the stereotype, this man certainly fit the bill.

Slavic Nations:

EastSlavic: (Central Asian)

Russia, Ukraine, Belarus.

Former Soviet states that are often included due to large East-Slavic minorities: Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan.

WestSlavic: (European)

Czechia, Slovakia and Poland.

Former Soviet states that are often included due to large West-Slavic minorities: Latvia, Estonia, Lithuania.

SouthSlavic: (Balkan, Mediterranean & Middle-Eastern)

Heavily influenced by Turkish and Arab culture South Slavs are the only Slavs to have never been under Soviet rule directly or indirectly.

Slovenia, Croatia & Dubrovnik, Serbia & Kosovo, Montenegro (Crna Gora), Macedonia, Islamic Federation of Bosnia and Hercegovina (BiH), Bulgaria.

Former Ottoman states that are often partly included due to localised large South-Slavic minorities: Turkey, Albania, Greece.


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