An Alaska man accidentally shot himself in the head, then spent the next five days treating the wound with an antibiotic ointment.

According to the Associated Press, James Doppler, 43, was handling his firearm last weekend when it went off. He apparently refused to go the hospital at the behest of his girlfriend.

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However, within days it became clear that the ointment treatment wasn’t going to suffice. The 43-year-old began experiencing symptoms connected to the head wound, a law enforcement official told the AP.

Doppler eventually sought professional medical treatment. Hospital officials then reported the shooting to authorities.

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