A teenage boy has had surgery to remove 29 magnetic balls from his bladder three months after he put them up his penis.
The curious schoolboy surnamed Li, aged, 13, suffered intense abdominal pain in the 12 weeks following the accident, and he was too embarrassed to tell his parents about it.
He was treated at Xi’an Children’s Hospital in the capital of China’s north-western Shaanxi Province after being admitted on 11th May.
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Urologist Zhang Yanyan ordered X-rays which showed the magnetic beads having formed a tight cluster inside his bladder, and concluded that the boy would need to go under the knife.
The medic said: “Roughly three months ago, while the boy was playing with the magnetic balls, he lined them up in a row and inserted them up his urethra out of curiosity.
“By the time he felt discomfort and tried to pull them out again, the magnets separated and some remained inside his urethra.
“During this time, the boy didn’t tell his parents because he was too embarrassed, but the child admitted to experiencing abdominal pains for three months.
“He thought he could expel through urinating, not knowing that it would not have been possible to do so.
“His parents only discovered three months later when they noticed him walking with a limp and questioned him about it.
“We were unable to remove them in microsurgery, so we opened up his bladder and removed the entire cluster of magnetic balls – all 29 of them.”
The teenager is recovering well after surgery and has already been discharged to continue his recuperation at home.
“Kids in puberty are curious about their bodies,” Zhang said, adding: “They need proper guidance and education from their parents.”