A factory worker from southeast China put a half-a-metre long eel into his anus in a bid to cure his constipation problem. 49-year-old Mr Liu was rushed to the local hospital after claiming he had a stomach ache last week. Doctors were shocked when the found the Asian swamp eel in his stomach along with faeces and food residue.
According to a report on Guangdong Television, Liu visited the hospital claiming he had a constipation problem. Doctors diagnosed the man with bowel obstruction and recommended that he stay at the hospital for further treatment.
Liu refused and decided to resort to ancient method of treating constipation by putting an eel into his anus to try and clear the blockage.
However the eel caused a major stomach ache and he was rushed to Guangzhou Dongren Hospital.
Doctors examined Liu's abdominal area and found a hole in the duodenum area. They were then shocked to find an eel in his intestines.
They removed the half-a-metre (1.64 ft) long Asian swamp eel, weighing about 250g (0.55 lbs), with a head of three to five centimeters (1.18 - 1.97 inch) wide.
They also found faeces and food residue in this body.