By Cal Widdall
Canadian lumberjack doctor is totally befuddled by this one.
In news guaranteed to make our male readers cross their legs and wince, doctors at Changhai Hospital are trying to find a way to remove a 3cm-long needle from the urethra of a 14-year-old boy.
The boy, whose surname is Sun (though he’ll not be hearing it much in the future, what with all the creative new nicknames he’ll be given upon returning to school), complained of pains when urinating three months ago. Despite visits to several hospitals, ‘regular checks’ (i.e. ones that don’t look for 3cm needles inside boys’ urethras) didn’t reveal anything.
It wasn’t until blood appeared in his urine that Sun finally told his parents the story he’d been too embarrassed to admit all along. Whilst playing with a sewing machine at home he decided (after much time spent pensively weighing up the pro’s and con’s, we’d assume) to stick the needle down his penis ‘out of curiosity.’ Something this man can empathise with.
It seems that after putting it in too deep and realising he couldn’t get it back out, Sun did what 99% of teenage boys in his situation would do. Tried to forget about it and hoped the problem would simply disappear.
Three months down the line, it’s clear that this is not what has happened. “The needle has stayed inside his urethra for too long a time and has already caused serious infections,” explained his doctor. “Half the needle makes its way into his bladder, and his life will be in danger.”
Between bouts of giggles and texts to friends, medical staff at the hospital are currently devising possible methods to remove the needle. Hopefully their solution won’t involve another appeal for people with long arms.