Doctors Remove Ball-Point Pens That Had Been Inside Man For Decades

Every year, doctors confront a range of strange stories and bizarre injuries. One such tale has shocked people around the world after a Chinese man had an operation to remove several pens he had swallowed. However, the 50-year-old man, known as ‘Wang,' made headlines when he revealed that the pens in his stomach had been there for several decades.

The pens were discovered by doctors when Wang decided to have a general health check-up at Suzhou Hospital, Jiangsu Province. During a full body X-ray, medical staff was stunned to see two ballpoint pens in Wang’s small intestine, close to his spine.

When doctors asked Wang why there were foreign objects in his stomach, the man was momentarily incredulous, until he remembered a bet he had lost when he was a teenager. 36 years before doctors discovered the writing instruments, Wang, only 14 at the time, had been involved in a drunken bet with friends. After he had lost the bet, Wang agreed to swallow the pens. The following morning, Wang was strangely nonchalant about swallowing the plastic ballpoints, telling the Global Times that “I naively thought that the pens would digest in my stomach.”

Luckily for Wang, medical staff at Suzhou Hospital were able to remove the pens surgically. Doctors were allegedly surprised that the plastic pens were in such good condition, considering they were exposed to gastric acids for 36 years. However, it is unlikely that the pens were still in working condition. Doctors believe that the only reason Wang didn’t suffer health problems after ingesting the pens was that they had remained parallel to the man’s intestines, preventing blockages or scrapes.

Since the operation, Wang has been discharged from Suzhou Hospital and is believed to be making a fast recovery. The story serves as a good reminder about the risks of swallowing plastic objects, which includes: choking, vomiting, and intestinal issues. After reading the bizarre story, many online commentators have been left wondering if Wang took the pens home as a memento.

Source: New York Post
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