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This patient sustained a superficial femoral artery and vein laceration following a penetrating knife injury. In South Africa we use intravascular 'shunts' (IV lines, drains etc.) when the operative conditions are not in favour of extensive vascular repair, as was the case here. Following ICU resuscitation the patients condition (and the surgical set-up) improved and definitive surgical treatment was performed. The outcome was a limb with normal function.