Why doctors treated a dying chicken before a dangerously ill patient

An unusual pecking order: the man refused urgent surgery until his doctors cared for the beloved pet he had smuggled into the hospital

Doctors are reporting the spectacularly unique case of a patient who refused life-saving care until medical staff attended to his dying pet chicken, which he had secreted into a UK hospital.

The Monty Python-esque events unfolded two days after the 52-year-old man was admitted to the hospital’s high dependency unit with an upper GI bleed, when he had another significant bleed.