March 17th, 2014

James headdesk
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Stab wound treatment, aftercare and repercussions.

I'm writing a fanfic, set in England. Its set in the future but only by twenty years or so.

One of my characters (healthy, 20 year old male, with no health problems) is going to be stabbed, by a thug during an altercation resulting from said thug making inappropriate comments towards his girlfriend. He is not stabbed during the fight, but rather, after he walks away, back towards his girlfriend. As far as I have worked out, the knife is going to hit his spleen, resulting in a fair amount of blood loss and later, in the hospital, a splenectomy. His girlfriend calls the ambulance almost straight away, and there is no delay in the arrival of the paramedics, so I figure he'll be in hospital in enough time that he won't bleed out. I don't want him to die.

As far as I understand, he'd be taken to theatre quickly on admittance to stop the bleeding and the splenectomy would be performed when it was discovered this was the cause of the bleeding

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Any other information that you think I have missed but that would be helpful would be much appreciated.

Thank you :)

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