A STAB victim joked with nursing staff when he was first admitted to hospital - but died three weeks later from an infection.
Graham Carter was taken to Calderdale Royal Infirmary last December after his partner Julie Harris stabbed him in the back during an incident at their home in Smith House Close, Brighouse.
Details of an emergency call in which the 34-year-old admitted the stabbing were read out at Bradford Crown Court.
During the call Harris claimed to have stabbed Mr Carter when he came for her.
She told the communications supervisor: "I ran off because I was scared. I've just come back, but I've done nowt wrong ... I've just had enough."
Mr Carter was eventually taken to hospital by ambulance, but the court heard that he was grumbling about the fact that he had no money to get back home.
Staff nurse Susan Flood described how she examined Mr Carter and checked the two-and-a-half centimetre puncture wound in his back.
She said his pulse, blood pressure and respiratory rate were all within the normal range and the was very little blood on the dressing which had been applied to the wound.
"My assessment was that he had obviously taken a good quantity of alcohol," said Miss Flood.
"He was in a very jovial mood, but coherent."
During cross-examination by Harris's barrister, Roger Thomas QC, Miss Flood said she had been told that Mr Carter was drinking cider all day.
Miss Flood said Mr Carter wasn't sure if he had been stabbed, but added that if Harris had done that she would have been provoked by him.
Mr Thomas asked how that was said and Miss Flood replied: "It was said in a light-hearted manner. It was almost as if he didn't realise the seriousness of the situation."
Mr Carter had a chest drain fitted in hospital, but he was discharged two days later.
The court has heard how the 46-year-old became pale, stopped eating and had difficulty breathing in the days following the stabbing.
He was re-admitted to hospital just after Christmas, but suffered a fatal heart attack as a result of the infection.
Harris, a mother of four, has pleaded not guilty to murdering her partner.
The trial continues.