A man was hospitalized and left fighting for his life after inserting a 20-inch live eel inside his anus in a desperate attempt to get rid of constipation.
49-year-old Liu from Guangzhou, China, has allegedly heard of a folklore method to remove constipation and went straight for it without a second doubt when he experienced digestion problems.
And so, the man inserted a large live eel inside his anus, believing that the animal would free him of constipation.
On the contrary, however, the eel nearly ended the man’s life by rupturing his intestines and the stomach.
“We opened up his stomach and saw the eel amongst his feces and food debris. He also suffered a punctured pancreas,” Dr. Zhao Zhirong, the doctor responsible for treating the patient, said.
As he also revealed, the eel was nearly 20 inches long and 1.2-inch thick.
“Asian swamp eels have a scale-less and slender body allowing them to move in waves and burrow efficiently. Their teeth appear like bristles and they have one V-shaped gill located beneath the head,” the doctor added.
“When we asked the patient after surgery, he said the eel swam up by itself. But he later admitted that he put it there himself while following a folk remedy for bowel obstruction.”
Following the incident, the doctor told the man he was lucky to be alive. If he was admitted into the hospital just moments later, he could easily succumb to the internal wounds caused by the eel.
Dr. Zhirong also urged people to seek proper medical attention before resorting to folklore methods to treat their conditions.
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