Man treats self-inflicted gunshot wound to head with Neosporin, waits 5 days to seek help

He was finally treated at the hospital for a “serious but not life-threatening” head wound.
By Evan Bleier   |   May 16, 2014 at 12:32 PM   |   Comments

ANCHOR POINT , Alaska, May 16 (UPI) -- Alaska residents are known to be very self-reliant, but one man took that to the extreme by waiting five days to seek medical attention for a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head.

Instead of going to the hospital, an Anchor Point man treated his "serious but not life-threatening" wound with Neosporin and other supplies he had on hand.

Workers at South Peninsula Hospital alerted Alaska State Troopers when the 43-year-old man came in for treatment on Thursday.

"Investigation revealed (the man) had shot himself in the head on (Saturday) while negligently handling a firearm," AST troopers wrote. "(He) did not seek medical attention until (Thursday)."

The gun the man accidentally used on himself was a .22 long rifle.

"He was playing around with it when he shot himself," AST spokesperson Beth Ipsen told KTUU Thursday. "Nobody else (was) there at the time."

"No treatment before today other than he put Neosporin on the wounds," Ipsen said.

Follow @itishowitis and @UPI on Twitter.
Contact the Author
© 2014 United Press International, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Any reproduction, republication, redistribution and/or modification of any UPI content is expressly prohibited without UPI's prior written consent.
Featured UPI Collection
Celebrity Couples of 2014 [PHOTOS]

Celebrity Couples of 2014 [PHOTOS]

Most Popular
Stolen Obama statue discovered with six-pack of Twisted Tea in Pa. park
Video shows aquarium beluga either playing with children or begging for help
Watch outraged parent rip Calif. school district for 'forcing' special needs students to recycle
U.S. Olympic wrestler cited for taking out deer with bow and arrow at Colorado car dealership
Watch as dying koala is revived with mouth-to-mouth CPR
Trending News