So, my MC ends up in a tussle with a psycho (let's call her X), who has pinned down the MC and uses a knife to make a horizontal cut in the MC's gut (I was thinking a bit below the belly button), about 13cm/5" wide, about 9cm/4" deep. Mind, these lenghts and depths aren't important, e.g. if the depth is so deep that it causes the blade to slice up the MC's intestines, I'll make it a bit shallower or if it's not deep enough to clove the abdominal muscles in twain (sorry, I love that expression, had to use it), I'll deepen it. The MC is very fit, so her abs are pretty thick, but her body fat percentage is also very low (around 10%), so there's no flab to cut through. X has sliced up / tortured several people to death, so she has a pretty good grasp on human physiology although she has no medical training. Lots of combat training though. Anyway, X then proceeds to stuff her hand / a few fingers into the cut, grabs hold of the MC's small intestine (I'm assuming that's what she'd come across first?), and pulls out some of it (say, 30cm / 12" or some such, this length isn't important either, its effect is, so I can change the numbers here as well), then leaves the MC there. At this point, the MC also has also sustained some other injuries, not sure how much they would affect her survival: -minor stuff like bruises, cuts from shards of glass etc. -a nasty concussion (first from a concussion grenade, then from getting beaten up by X) -her right hand was cut off just below the elbow earlier in the story, so it's mostly healed or at least not a serious danger to her health at this point, but I'd imagine this makes giving herself first-aid more tricky As I've written it so far, once X leaves, the MC gives herself a shot (or two) of morphine and tries to hold in the intestines. Finally, the questions: 1. Do humans have nerve-endings (or whatever they are) in the small intestine, i.e. does she feel pain if someone touches the exposed intestine? 2. How bad would it hurt? I mean, is it knife-stuck-in-your thigh -level of pain or white-hot-poker-in-the-anus -pain? Just trying to gauge whether she'd be screaming her throat hoarse or would she be able to function on some level despite the pain? I'm leaning towards the latter since I've read a few accounts of people who were disemboweled (guts hanging out) and survived (one soldier even jumped off an enemy ship, swam to his own, was rescued, and survived, and all this while cradling his guts with one hand). 3. If some of the small intestine has been pulled out and the cut is as described, do the intestines have a "tendency" to try to spill out or is that Hollywood stuff? I.e. would she have to hold them / press them against the cut to keep more from spilling out / if she does let go, e.g. to dig into her first-aid kit, would more of the intestine spill out in the meantime? She has to turn on her side for a while to reach the first-aid kit on her belt. 4. If she's unable to walk away herself, how long would she survive lying down? So far she's given herself pain relief and "wrapped" the exposed guts in sterile patches, but since she doesn't have medical training either, she doesn't really know how to help herself. Could she just shove the intestines back in, close the cut with sutures, and head to a hospital? Is it possible to use the needle + sutures with just one hand? 5. What kind of long-term effects would an injury like this have if any? Would her digestive system work normally? How serious is the risk of infections and how dangerous would one be? The floor on which the intestines were pulled isn't sterile, but it's still a floor (a dusty one, though), not the inside of an outhouse. Thanks in advance!