Top 10 Strangest Things Surgically Removed from the Human Body
5. 42 Needles
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Treating your infant child like a human voodoo doll is no way to win a Parent of the Year award. But that didn’t stop one Brazilian man.
A two-year-old Brazilian boy was rushed to a hospital in December 2009 after doctors discovered 42 rusty metal sewing needles in his tiny body. X-rays showed the needles throughout his body, with several dangerously close to his heart and lungs.
Police suspect the needles were placed into the boy’s body as part of a strange religious act. The boy’s stepfather and two other women have been arrested after confessing to using the child as a human pin cushion. Roberto Carlos Magalhaes, a 30-year-old bricklayer, said he pushed the “blessed” needles in the boy while in a trance at the request of his lover. Ahh, the things we’ll do for love. The boy’s mother believes her son was the victim of “black magic.” She’s probably right.
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It’s safe to assume that if it exists, someone in the world has tried to put it up their bottom. Yep, as a society we are getting freakier and freakier. In this case a 20-year-old male turned up to the ER with his colon chock full of hardened concrete. It seems someone was dabbling in a little klismaphilia, which is the technical term for getting sexually aroused by an enema. Isn’t it great that we as a society have a term for that?
According to the case report published in the American Journal of Forensic Medicine and Pathology, the 20-year-old male arrived at the emergency room complaining of rectal pain. He played coy and it was only after further questioning that he came clean and admitted that someone poured concrete into his anus.
The report states, “The patient said that approximately 4 hrs earlier he and his boyfriend had been ‘fooling around.’ After stirring a batch of concrete mix, the patient laid on his back with his feet against the wall at a 45-degree angle while his boyfriend poured the mixture through a funnel into his rectum. After the concrete mass hardened, it became so painful that he sought medical care.”
The piece of concrete was removed under general anesthesia and the hospital was left with a perfect concrete cast of the rectum. If that wasn’t enough, an x-ray of the cast also revealed it contained a ping-pong ball.
An 18-year-old girl literally found herself in a hairy situation when she went to the hospital suffering from abdominal pain. According to the New England Journal of Medicine the woman had been suffering from a sore tummy for five months and had dropped 40 pounds. Sounds like a revolutionary diet. Well, it turns out she had an extremely strange one.
An x-ray revealed a mass taking up the woman’s entire stomach. That mass was a gigantic hair ball. The woman later revealed she had a gross habit of eating her own hair, a condition known as trichopagia. She underwent surgery and doctors removed a massive, 10-pound hair ball. Maybe the woman thought she was a cat.
2. Unexploded Bomb
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A U.S. soldier is lucky to be alive after an ambush in Afghanistan left him with a rocket-launched grenade stuck in his abdomen. The grenade somehow magically managed not to detonate. It if did, it would have killed everyone in a 30-foot radius.
Private Channing Moss was on patrol in Paktika Province when he was ambushed by the Taliban. A hail of RPG descended upon Moss’ convoy, killing two and leaving Moss with live ammunition the size of a baseball bat in his gut. On being hit Moss said, “I smelled something smoking and I looked down... and I was smoking,” The soldier was evacuated by helicopter to a medical facility where the live grenade was removed by a nervous medical team. It was later detonated at a nearby bunker. Moss later received the Purple Heart and the Medal of Valor for his bravery.
1. Unborn Twin
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Sanju Bhagat was always self-conscious about his large belly. He was often teased that he looked pregnant. Well, it turns out he kind of was. While not technically pregnant, Bhagat had unknowingly carried his twin brother inside his stomach for 36 years.
Doctors made the ghastly discovery after Bhagat was rushed to hospital suffering from breathing difficulties. Doctors at first thought Bhagat had a large tumor and proceeded to remove it. They cut into his stomach and instead of finding a tumor; they found a half-formed creature with feet, hands, and long fingernails. Dr. Ajay Mehta of Tata Memorial Hospital in Mumbai recalls, “To my surprise and horror, I could shake hands with somebody inside. It was a bit shocking for me. We were horrified. We were confused and amazed.” Um, who wouldn’t be?
It turns out Bhagat had a strange, extremely rare medical condition known as fetus in fetu for which there are only about 90 recorded cases in medical literature. The condition happens early in a twin pregnancy when one fetus wraps around and encases the other. The enveloped twin feeds off the larger twin like a parasite. Usually both twins die before birth, however in Bhagat’s case he survived. Bhagat was so embarrassed and disgusted that he had another creature living inside him he refused to ever meet his so-called twin.