Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Chicago man tries to remove own pacemaker, dies

Associated Press

A Chicago man has died after authorities say he cut his chest to try to remove his pacemaker. 

The Cook County medical examiner says 47-year-old Channing Askew died Monday night at a Chicago hospital. The Chicago Tribune reports ( http://trib.in/sflxJM ) that a doctor told police that Askew apparently had tried to remove his pacemaker himself. Police say paramedics were called to a group home where Askew lived when he complained ofchest pain

Police say Askew complained to paramedics about chest pains. Askew fell unconscious in the ambulance. Paramedics trying to revive him removed Askew's shirt and found a puncture wound on the upper left side of his chest. 

An autopsy is planned. The group home did not have additional information. 

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