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A 37-year-old Somerset man can thank fast food for saving his life, after he plugged a serious throat wound with a doner kebab. James Hobbs was attacked in Highbridge on 15 January after he popped out to Tasty Bitez for some meaty goodness. He suffered a deep cut across the throat, but "held the wrapped £3.40 takeaway to his …


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  1. JP19

    Doner kebab saves bloke's life. Duh.

    Well that's to be expected. They do say kebabs clog arteries.

  2. Just Thinking

    What is it about kebab shops?

    Why are the best ones are in the dodgiest areas?

    The van on our estate, perfectly safe to visit but horrible food. Although they look to be doing quite well (brand new van and a couple of new 4x4s parked next to it).

    There is a much better shop a bit further away, but the area is just plain scary. Avoid any eye contact with the other customers, and certainly don't look at their dogs.

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Don't look at their dogs?

      Girlfriends or canines?

      1. Jedit


        They're in the kebab!

  3. Syed


    ... he put his meat in the gash!!!

    1. Captain DaFt
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      Dear Sir or Madam:

      I found your post rude, crude, and utterly hilarious! Spot On!

  4. david wilson


    >>"A 37-year-old Somerset man can thank fast food for saving his life..."

    Even ignoring the healthiness of the food, and all other things being equal, isn't someone who hangs around fast food shops a lot is probably more likely to end up getting stabbed than someone who doesn't?

  5. mfraz

    The Sun

    Knew this story was from the Sun without looking at the link. Only they would tell you how much the kebab cost.

  6. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    How much blood?

    If he really did lose that much, I'm amazed he survived at all.

    If he lost six and a half pints out of a total of around 8 before the ambulance turned up, then I'd say the kebab (and later, the towel) wasn't doing a very good job of keeping the blood in his body.

    Or maybe there was a touch of exaggeration in the report?

    1. Elmer Phud

      More than an armful?

      No doubt with that amount of blood loss he'd need a lot more than one doner.

    2. Roger Greenwood

      More than an armful

      In fact I think it would be difficult to get that much blood out of any body, unless some more was being pushed back in at the other end.

      1. Miek

        Pun, I believe

        I think you missed a good 'ol kebab related pun there ;)

      2. Knochen Brittle


        why does that subliminally read as 'being pushed in at the back end' ... ? Either way, well done! Now fetch me a new ... etc.,

    3. Glesga Snapper

      Exaggeration, surely?

      It does seem like rather a lot, doesn't it?

      I seem to remember from my TA days that the first field dressings that we were issued were designed to hold about a pint of blood. When blood spots started to appear on the outside of the dressing, you whacked another one on top of the previous - up to a maximum of three.

      The logic being; someone who has lost more than three pints of blood is very likely to die and therefore you should direct your efforts toward casualties with greater survival odds.

      Simple, if a slightly brutal, logic.

    4. Mark 65


      I'm guessing they told the current bun he lost 6 and a half in total including whilst they were stitching him up in theatre after pumping a shiteload in.

  7. Matt Bryant Silver badge

    Often heard in the West Country....

    "Well, that filled a hole!"

  8. Gerrit Hoekstra

    Lost six-and-a-half pints of blood?

    Surely you mean six-and-a-half pints of chili sauce!

  9. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    "It's pure luck I was hungry"

    Given he "popped out for a kebab", then I'd say it was being hungry that led to him getting stabbed. Unless he was expecting to get stabbed anyway, and just happened to pick up a kebab on the way

  10. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Other possibilities

    Went on a first aid training course recently and one of the other attendees had worked as a doorman on various clubs ... one of the tips he'd picked up there was in the case of a stab wound was to ask if any women there had a tampon in their handbag as those were excellent at sealing a stab wound!

    1. Anonymous Coward
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      Sanitary towels

      They were originally dressings for wounds that were foudn to have a nother use.

  11. The Indomitable Gall

    Choyss ov wurds.

    The Sun says

    "He needed an op to open his windpipe so he could breathe "

    Why did they say "op to open his windpipe", do Sun readers not know what a lobotomy is?

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward


      Either I missed the joke tag, or you meant a Tracheotomy.

      Maybe the "op to open his windpipe" is how it needs describing if you've had a lobotoby.

    2. Lamont Cranston

      The Sun

      has a reading age of 7 (so I've been told by members of the teaching profession). It's not written for intelligent, articulate types.

  12. Anonymous Coward

    Oooh I could

    Kill for a kebab

  13. Anonymous Coward

    six and half pints of blood?

    so then A&E would be asking for a donor.

  14. Anonymous Coward

    After losing 6.5 pints of blood...

    ...I should imagine he needed a few blood doners too?

  15. AManFromEpsom

    Do you want ketchup with that?

    Seems a suspiciously accurate measurement of blood loss unless somebody is standing there with a graduated jug. It usually looks more than it is

  16. Anonymous John

    Six and a half pints of blood?

    So he needed a blood doner kebab as well.

  17. Blubster

    Six and a half pints of blood eh?

    Was it replaced by a blood doner?

  18. John Tserkezis

    @Lost six-and-a-half pints of blood?

    "Surely you mean six-and-a-half pints of chili sauce!"

    Noooo! The humanity!

  19. Scott Marshall

    He survived with no falafel in his hand!

    Talk about fast thinking with fast food.

    I wonder how many people are going to give him curry about his improvised bandage?

    It was a good thing that he wasn't eating a mung-bean tofu burger now wasn't it?

    When asked whether he'd learned his first aid at Red Cross or through St. Johns, he politely replied (because he was well-'bread') "Naan of the above".

    One final question - does this mean that pitta bread (or similar) is now covered by NHS (or Medicare or MedicAid)?

    1. Sarah Bee (Written by Reg staff)

      Re: He survived with no falafel in his hand!

      You're a punny guy! Certainly not a chicken to say such things! If you went on the run for crimes against wordplay, you'd be on the 'lamb'!

      Well done everyone.

      1. Chris Hunt


        Shish - he probably thought he'd had his chips.

  20. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Such a warm, wonderful story

    I must go out more to see this colourful nightlife in all it's glory.

  21. Anonymous Coward

    I pitta the fool...

    Pain in the neck? PITA more like. ha ha. move along.

    1. Sarah Bee (Written by Reg staff)

      Re: I pitta the fool...

      There it is.

  22. Kebabbert

    Kebab rules

    Kebab - bert

    Dil - bert

    Dog - bert

  23. Matt Bryant Silver badge

    Joking aside.

    Rather sad that Somerset, where knife crime was never a big factor, has descended to people slashing others outside kebab shops over a bint. I blame the grockles. I suppose it's also equally sad that the average post (my previous included) are jokey rather than outraged. What a sad lot us IT b4sta4rds are!

  24. The Infamous Grouse

    Interesting combination of tags

    Is it just me, or is does the content of the READ MORE footer for this article, "Kebab Stabbing", sound like a euphemism?

    1. Sarah Bee (Written by Reg staff)

      Re: Interesting combination of tags


  25. Alistair MacRae

    6.5 Pints is a lot!

    I heard the average person holds 10 pints.

    Does being overweight give you more blood too?

    If so it might not be an exaggeration.

    Strange that he held the kebab until there was a towel available and not an ambulance?

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