Man, 51, swallows two live eels to treat his constipation


A construction worker in China has nearly died after swallowing two live eels in a desperate bid to treat his constipation, according to a report.

It is said that the creatures, described as 'very thick' by medics, later tore through his intestines, leaving him in critical condition.  

The 51-year-old man had blindly followed a folk remedy which claims that gobbling eels alive could help him pass his solid waste, a surgeon said after removing the fish from the patient in emergency surgery.

The medical case was revealed by Jiangsu Public Channel during daily news programme News 360.

According to the report, the unnamed patient was rushed to the ER of a hospital in Nanjing by his colleagues around noon last Thursday.

He was in great agony and told the medics that he had swallowed two live eels about 24 hours before.

He claimed to have believed that the move could help treat his constipation and enlarged prostate. He said he felt shard pain in the abdomen immediately.

It is said that the man was a migrant worker and lived in the city on his own, therefore he did not seek medical assistance at once.  

Medic said he was in a state of shock due to life-threatening bacterial infection and his colon had been ruptured. Emergency surgery was arranged. 

X-ray images shown by the medics to the TV station show what appeared to be two eels lodged in two sides of the patient's abdomen. 

Unverified footage circulating on social media claims to show the moment the eels were removed from the man, but its authenticity remains unknown.

Dr Sun Haijian, a deputy director at the Jiangsu Provincial Traditional Chinese Medicine Hospital, told News 360 that surgeons found two 'very thick' eels outside of his intestines in the lower part of his abdomen. 

They also found a two-centimetre-wide (0.8-inch-wide) hole on his sigmoid colon. 

'Because the eels were alive while being swallowed... A person's intestines are fragile, therefore they will be ruptured as soon as [the eels] bite them,' Dr Sun said.

The man was observed in the Intensive Care Units after the surgery and has since been discharged, it is said. 

Source: https://www.dailymail.co.uk

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