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Mahwah man, 79, airlifted after stabbing himself in heart

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YOU READ IT HERE FIRST: A 79-year-old Mahwah man suffering from dementia was airlifted to the trauma unit of Hackensack University Medical Center after stabbing himself in the heart with a steak knife before dawn this morning.

Although the man was conscious and alert — and even joking with responders — paramedics were concerned that he could die when the knife was eventually removed.

“It had gone in all the way up to the handle, two or three inches, right into the heart,” Mahwah Police Chief James Batelli told CLIFFVIEW PILOT . “They said his vitals weren’t good.”

Police got the call at 5:14 a.m. to Woodcrest Court in the township’s Cragmere section off Airmont Avenue.

“His wife found him in the kitchen,” Batelli said. “She said she’d heard him up for about an hour before.

“She said he suffered from mild dementia and other medical issues that had been getting worse recently,” the chief added.

“She had awoke early this morning and when she could not find him she began to look through the house and found him in the coffee room holding the knife handle against his stomach.”

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