Chinese man nearly dies after 8-inch eel stabbed in rectum in bizarre attempt to ‘relieve constipation’ entered his stomach
- The man went to a hospital in Xinghua, Jiangsu Province, with a stomachache
- Doctors were shocked to find an 8-inch eel in his abdomen during emergency surgery
- The patient said he stabbed the fish alive in his butt to cure constipation
A Chinese man nearly died after allegedly stabbing a wobbly 8-inch eel in his butt to treat his constipation.
The live fish bit through the man’s colon before becoming trapped in his abdomen, doctors said.
The unnamed patient claimed he decided to use the creature to solve his gut problems after following a folk remedy.
Doctors operated on to remove the still-living eel, but warned the man he could have died from hemolysis — when red blood cells are destroyed — caused when bacteria from the colon reach the abdomen.
The news came to light after the man sought medical attention at a hospital in Xinghua, eastern China’s Jiangsu province, for severe abdominal pain.
A Chinese man nearly died after allegedly stabbing a wobbly 8-inch eel in his butt to treat his constipation
He initially avoided seeking medical attention for the pain because he was ‘shy’ Global times reported.
There is no scientific evidence for the folk remedy that the man followed.
Another Chinese man, reportedly in his 50s, took the folk remedy last year and stuffed a 16-inch eel into his rectum.
The live fish tore through the man’s guts before dying and being trapped in his stomach for a week.
The news came to light after the man sought medical help at Huangjiang Hospital in Dongguan, Guangdong Province, over severe abdominal pain.
Doctors removed the fish during emergency surgery and said the man’s organ was severely infected and filled with waste.
The man was treated in intensive care for three days before being discharged.
A Chinese man nearly died after allegedly stabbing a wobbly 16-inch eel in his butt to treat his constipation. The image shows an X-ray scan of the patient in South China
The patient made a full recovery after medics removed the dead fish from the man’s abdomen, according to a social media post from the hospital. The dead eel is pictured after being removed in China
Also last year, a man got a 10-inch chopstick in his stomach after sticking it up his butt “out of curiosity.”
The 68-year-old man from Hubei claimed he was interested in checking his backside after developing piles.
The patient was released from hospital in late May after medics removed the metal stick from the pensioner’s entrails.