Back when I was at university I swallowed a rather large dog biscuit and it got lodged in my throat. In short, it was a dare and my friend had to perform the heimlich manoeuvre on me because I started to choke. Luckily it came flying out and my face returned to a healthier shade of pink, as oppose to blue.
The point I am trying to make here by sharing that embarrassing anecdote with you all is that swallowing can be hard. Hey you naughty things, I’m talking about objects, not what’s probably on your mind. However, apparently it’s not a problem for one particular prisoner in Ireland.
An unnamed 29-year-old inmate has managed to gobble down a whole MOBILE PHONE! Yes, you read that correctly. I’m sure you’ve all heard or seen skilled performers swallowing swords and the like, but what about a phone? I think that’s pretty much unheard of.
Check out how the device was uncovered and how doctors set to remove the device on the next page…
If you’ve ever seen The Dark Knight, you’ll probably remember the scene when the Joker plants a phone inside that guy’s stomach in jail. Even the thought of it sends shivers down my spine. Remember this guy?
Don’t worry this story doesn’t have anything to do with Bantam’s nemesis planting a bomb in another man so that he can escape. However, according to the International Journal of Surgery Case Reports the reasons why the phone was swallowed are unclear, so you never know. Of course I say that in jest.
The prisoner in this particular instance was taken to Taillight Hospital in Dublin, Ireland, after he began vomiting. The doctors quickly set out a plan to remove the device. However, they were unsuccessful with their first try – they attempted to extract the phone using grippers with a camera and light attached.
The medical team were then left with two choices: wait for their patient to expel the device naturally (aka. poop it out) or perform a laparotomy. They decided to opt for the latter option – much to the inmate’s relief I’m sure.
For those of you who aren’t clued up on surgical procedures. A laparotomy involves making a large incision in the abdominal wall to allow access into the abdominal cavity. Nice.
Luckily my incident with the dog biscuit a few years ago didn’t require me going under the knife. Talking about operations you should check out the guy on the following page who was awake through the whole of his three-hour brain surgery…
In the extraordinary video below a man can be seen talking throughout the entirety of his three-hour brain tumour operation. According to reports, the patient featured read from a tablet placed in front of him, recited a poem and even asked about the stock market that day.