A man who went to doctors complaining about serious pain in his backside was told he had no fewer than seven sewing needles – seen here – in his fleshy buttock.
The patient Mr Chen, 55, is a construction worker from the city of Changsha, the capital of Hunan Province in Central China.
Mr Chen complained to doctors about a seemingly random sharp pain in his backside whenever he walked, ran or sat down, which only seemed to become worse over time.
During a check-up at a local clinic, X-rays revealed Mr Chen had numerous thin, needle-like objects embedded in his right buttock.
It was only then that he recalled having once fallen onto a heap of rubbish, right onto a bag of old discarded sewing needles, 10 years earlier.
Mr Chen said he removed several needles from his flesh but felt no discomfort after the incident. He did not get his wounds checked at a local hospital as he did not think any needles had remained in his body.
The worker was transferred to the larger Hunan Second People’s Hospital for treatment earlier this month.
Doctor Ren Fusan, who was handed Mr Chen’s case, said the cluster of seven needles – one of which had broken in two – were all in the worker’s right buttock.
Many of the sharp objects had moved deeper into his flesh over the years, he noted.
Relief for Mr Chen came in the form of a four-hour operation in which Doctor Ren and his team cut into his buttock and extracted all the needles in one session.
He is expected to make a full recovery.
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