Death from a stabbing tends to occur due to these things:
- Severe blood loss
- Loss of function of an internal organ, such as the heart or lungs.
Being stabbed in the belly is not a fun way to die. There’s a lot of important equipment in this area, folks. Kidneys, stomach, liver, intestines. Stomach wounds tend to bleed internally, not ‘spurt’ blood, and if you hit an organ or something, bile, stomach acid, urine and other fun stuff can leak into your bloodstream and give you blood poisoning, so you could die very, very slowly.
However, if you wanted a spurting wound, you would need to hit somewhere with an artery. Blood doesn’t just fly out of your body, people, it needs to be pumped.
Coughing up blood after a stabbing? Maybe. This would mean that there is blood either in your lungs or stomach. Maybe you got stabbed there, but if you haven’t been, you’re not likely to be coughing up blood.
Oh God, The Pain!
Actually, no. A lot of people who are stabbed don’t actually feel that they’ve been stabbed. This is due to adrenaline, excitement and trauma. Alternatively, they might feel something, but not like they’ve been stabbed. I mean, they’ll feel it later, but at the time it might completely slip their notice. If you’re in enough shock, you don’t feel pain. This can be a good thing, or, alternatively, a very bad thing if you happen to be bleeding to death without noticing.
Here’s a photo of a Russian woman who got mugged by a bag-snatcher. Oh, he also stabbed her in the back of the neck with a six inch knife. I don’t find it graphic, but warning, I guess.
She was fine.
So, in conclusion, if you’re going to write a stabbing, not everyone dies. Treatment varies on the wound itself, and so does the reaction. Stabbed in the shoulder? You could be fine. Stabbed in the neck? Probably not. Do your research, learn what the knife will hit, and don’t practice your stabbing on random bystanders as research for your book. Stabbing people is still illegal. I checked.
Stay tuned for when I probably right a following piece on gunshot wounds. It’ll probably be called Bang Bang Bangy Bang or something.