Hoping to cure his constipation, a Guangzhou man recently inserted a live eel up his anus. Unfortunately, it just made his insides worse, a lot worse.
The 49-year-old man surnamed Liu stumbled into a hospital in Baiyun District last week in severe pain from the mother of all stomach aches. Doctors saw that Liu’s stomach was swollen up to an abnormal size and immediately rushed him into surgery, Guangzhou Daily reports.
During the operation, they were surprised to find a 50cm long eel swimming around inside him. The eel had broken through his intestines, creating a mess inside his abdominal cavity that nearly killed him. Fortunately, doctors were able to extract the eel and save Liu’s life. Though it’s not clear if they also managed to cure his constipation.
Later, he told the doctors that he had heard that a live eel was an effective folk remedy for constipation, and decided to give it a shot. So that’s one lesson learned.
Back in 2010, a man in Sichuan died after a friend inserted an eel up his anus “as a joke.” The eel gnawed away at his bowels, causing agonizing injuries which were eventually fatal.
[Images via Guangzhou Daily]
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