February 7th, 2014

Recovery from a stab wound to the chest

Europe, mid-eighteenth century.

I'm writing a fix-it story for a fit young man who in canon dies, in three or four minutes, of blood loss following a stab wound to the chest. They're on the run, and he will be taken by boat to an excellent doctor on board a ship.

1) How might his injury be (slightly) modified to make his survival seem possible? Tags here seem to suggest the lung but I want to keep serious blood loss if possible, and I'd like the character to be able to talk.

2) First aid?

3) What path might his recovery take – treatment and, for instance, how long before he can sit up, walk, go on deck or eat?

Research:
http://www.realfighting.com/content.php?id=75
David W. Page: Body Trauma
Stab wounds tags here

Many thanks!