Man Nearly Dies After Shoving A Live 20-Inch Eel Up His Anus To Cure Constipation

Man Nearly Dies After Shoving A Live 20-Inch Eel Up His Anus To Cure Constipation

The eel managed to inflict significant damage to his intestine and pancreas

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Talk about being a pain in your own ass as this man from China can attest to. In a bid to cure his chronic constipation, Liu decided to follow an unproven folklore remedy on the advice of his friends instead of going to a qualified doctor.  With friends like these, who needs enemies, eh? So, what is this folklore remedy you ask? Well, it entailed him shoving a 20-inch Asian swamp eel up his anus. That's not all, it was live eel as well. This action of his almost cost him his life. 



According to The Sun,  the 49-year-old man from Baiyun District in Guangzhou, capital of south China’s Guangdong Province stunt was discovered when he decided to check himself into the hospital after experiencing severe abdominal pains. Instead of coming clean, he chose to hide this rather vital piece of information. He was then quickly rushed in for surgery where the doctors were in for a shock.   



Once they opened him up, the doctors discovered a 20-inch Asian swamp eel. Dr. Zhao Zhirong, who operated on Liu said, "We opened up his stomach and saw the eel amongst his feces and food debris. He also suffered a punctured pancreas." In addition, the 1.2-inch thick eel had torn through Liu's intestines and damaged his stomach almost killing him in the process.  As eels are efficient burrowers, it managed to inflict maximum damage.  "Asian swamp eels have a scaleless 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 doctors said the Liu would have died had he been operated on any later due to blockage. Perhaps from the embarrassment of it all, Liu did not admit to any wrongdoing initially, squarely placing the blame on the hapless eel.  He later came clean. "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," said Zhirong.  The doctor warned those inclined to follow the folklore method of curing constipation that the home remedy was never effective and was not rooted in any scientific basis. It is unclear as to what happened to the eel after it was removed from Liu's stomach after the surgery. 


However, this is not the first time that this has happened. A 51-year-old construction worker from China chose to blindly follow a folk remedy instead of seeking medical advice. Unlike Liu, he decided to swallow two live eels to cure his constipation as well reports Daily Mail. No sooner had he "gobbled" up these eels, he fell violently ill.  The medics at the hospital who operated on him were successfully able to remove the eels, one of which was still alive. The eels ripped his intestines and had ruptured his colon. Thanks to timely medical intervention, the man was able to pull through. 


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