Liu Yanya, 57, had accidentally been impaled by the 11cm instrument after a fall at her home in in Changchun, capital of northeast China’s Jilin Province.
‘I heard a loud ‘pang’ sound and when I ran out I found my mother sitting under the stairs with a long knife in head,’ her daughter Wang Xue said.
‘The blade had gone all the way in leaving only the black handle outside.’
Despite having the knife in her head Liu was surprisingly alert when she arrived at hospital.
Chief surgeon Sun Yang, who removed the blade from her skull, added: ‘The more amazing thing is when the patient came in, she was still in a clear mind, and could walk and speak.’
Sadly, the woman’s daughter Wang and her husband Sun Zhonghua are now being forced to sell their home to pay for Yanya’s medical bills.