Chicago, IL — Interesting news report out of Chicago where a man has died after he tried to remove his own pacemaker.
Channing Askew, 47, told a worker at the group home where he lived that he was experiencing chest pains and needed an ambulance. While the worker called for help, Askew went to his room and waited for the paramedics.
Once they arrived, Askew repeated that he was having chest pains and then fell unconscious in the ambulance. As paramedics tried to revive him, they took off his shirt and noticed a stab wound in his chest then notified police. Askew would never regain consciousness and died a short while later.
After he was examined at the hospital, a doctor told police that it looked as if Askew had actually stabbed himself with an unknown instrument in an effort to remove his pacemaker. Not surprisingly, police say Askew may have suffered from mental issues.Tags: Channing Askew, Crime, Illinois, pacemaker