A five centimeter long piece of chopstick was removed from a Chengdu man’s head by doctors this week after it entered there through his eye socket nine months ago, according to Shanghai Daily.
The patient, a 57 year old man named Wen, apparently lived with the utensil shoved down his nasal cavity for an entire nine months without realizing it was there.
It happened last December, when Wen was having lunch and rushed over to pick up his grandson who was about to fall. He stumbled on the slippery floor and the chopstick he was holding gouged into his eye socket without piercing the eye.
A section of the chopstick had broken off, but Wen, slightly buzzed from his lunchtime drinking, ignored the bleeding and threw away the broken chopstick without a second thought.
Months later, the wound had not healed and was oozing pus. X-rays later revealed the chopstick resting between his left eye socket into his nasal cavity.
Until then, Wen had remained relatively undisturbed by the foreign body shoved into his face, saying that it only felt uncomfortable when he winked.
This isn’t the first time a wandering chopstick has found its way into an unguarded facial orifice. In 2010, a child in Beijing punctured his brain after getting one stuck four inches up into his nose.
Go ahead and add this to the list of disturbing reasons to stop using disposable chopsticks.
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