The unnamed man, 35, from Lanzhou, north-west China, was rushed to hospital by his distraught spouse after the violent row.
Speaking to local media, the husband said he didn't want to hurt his wife – so he mutilated himself in a violent rage.
He said: “I was quarrelling with my wife and lost my temper, so I turned around, picked up the cleaver and chopped at my hand.
"I didn't want to hurt my wife. I can't hurt my wife.”
The man admitted that both he and his wife regret their argument.
I lost my temper, so I turned around, picked up the cleaver and chopped at my hand
Luckily, medics at Lanzhou Hand & Foot Surgical Hospital managed to reattach his fingers, but his hand may never be fully functional again.
An unnamed medic told local media: "His left index, middle, ring and little fingers were completely severed, with, of course, some damage to his bone."
He added: "We performed emergency surgery and successfully reattach his fingers, but permanently partial loss of function is inevitable in the future."
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