When Christopher Lilje showed up at Firelands Regional Medical Center at about 3 a.m. Tuesday, he had a knife sticking out of his chest, a Sandusky police report said.
Lilje, 18, told police he was using the knife to peel an orange when he tripped over his dog in the kitchen of his family's Hayes Avenue home. When he hit the ground, the knife plunged about 3 inches into his right pectoral muscle, the report said.
Lilje's mother told police her son's screams woke her up. She rushed downstairs and found him lying on the floor, the knife protruding from his chest.
Lilje told the Register late Tuesday he's doing much better, other than an aching chest.
"My dog follows me around wherever go. I tripped," Lilje said. "I'm doing a lot better now, just a little sore."