Chinese man almost dies after a 20cm eel he inserted into his rectum in a bizarre bid to ‘relieve constipation’ entered his abdomen
A Chinese man nearly died after allegedly inserting a wiggling 8-inch eel into his backside to treat his constipation.
The live fish bit through the man’s colon before getting stuck in his abdomen, doctors said.
The unnamed patient claimed he decided to use the creature to solve his bowel problems after following a folk remedy.
Doctors operated to remove the eel, which was still alive, but warned the man he could have died from hemolysis – when red blood cells are destroyed – caused when bacteria from the large intestine reaches the abdomen.
The news came to light after the man sought medical attention at a hospital in Xinghua, East China’s Jiangsu Province, for severe abdominal pain.
A Chinese man nearly died after allegedly inserting a wiggling 8-inch eel into his backside to treat his constipation
He initially avoided seeking medical attention for the pain because he was ‘shy’, the Global Times reported.
There is no scientific evidence to support the folk remedy the man was following.