Surgeons at a hospital in southern China said they successfully removed a rusty knife end from the skull of a man who didn’t know it was there for four years, the Associated Press reported.

Yuxi City People’s Hospital in Yunnan Province said Friday that Li Fuyan, 30, was suffering severe headaches, bad breath, and breathing problems, but never knew why. He told doctors he had been stabbed in the lower right jaw by a robber four years ago. Apparently the knife broke off inside his head.

The blade was very rusty and corroded, but doctors very carefully removed it without shattering the blade. The man is expected to fully recover.

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