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Man uses kebab sandwich to ‘plug’ his own slashed throat

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One version of the popular kebab sandwich. (AP/Gero Breloer)

A British man saved his own life by using a kebab sandwich to stanch a critical wound after having his throat slashed.

The BBC reports that James Hobbs, 37, was suffering from massive blood loss after being stabbed by Jamie Edney, 36, during a fight outside Hobbs' apartment.

The Sun's website has a picture of Hobbs holding a kebab sandwich after his ordeal.

Edney has reportedly been sentenced to five years in prison for the near-fatal five-inch-long throat slashing. The fight started when Hobbs accused Edney of having an affair with his girlfriend.

Hobbs lost five pints of blood during the January 2011 altercation before a stranger handed him the sandwich to help stop the loss of blood. He was forced to use the sandwich as a bandage for several minutes before his cousin was able to find a towel to use as a replacement.

Hobbs ended up needing 27 staples in the hospital emergency room to seal the wound.

Despite sentencing Edney to the half-decade prison term, Judge Michael Longman expressed sympathy for him, noting that Edney did not provoke the confrontation.

"I accept that you did not go looking for trouble. It was not begun by you," Longman said to Edney in the courtroom.  "It was Mr. Hobbs who came to your door and he did so in a temper."

However, Longman added, "To answer the door holding the knife was asking for trouble … you selected the knife intending to intimidate." Longman reportedly said the five-year sentence was the shortest he could administer as punishment for the crime.

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