Wednesday, 26 September 2012

Hospital removes 'asparagus-sized' eel from man's bottom

The unidentified man showed up at Auckland City Hospital's A&E department last week to get treatment for his embarrassing problem.

Hospital staff sent the patient for X-rays and a scan, which confirmed that the eel was lodged inside him, according to local media reports.

'The eel was about the size of a decent sprig of asparagus and the incident is the talk of the place,' a hospital source told the New Zealand Herald

'Doctors and nurses have come across people with strange objects that have got stuck where they shouldn't be before, but an eel has to be a first.'

It is believed the eel was successfully removed from inside the man, who was later discharged.

The unlikely incident was confirmed this week by the Auckland District Health Board.

'We can confirm that an adult male presented at Auckland City Hospital this week with an eel inside him,' a spokesman said.

He added: 'No further comment will be made out of respect for the patient's right to privacy.'

However, it remains unclear how the eel managed to get stuck inside the man. 

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