Man Has a Fork Surgically Removed from His Stomach After 10 Years – photo by Cater News
One man found how procastination can lead to some disasterly results as a man has a fork surgically removed from his stomach after 10 years.
According to the Huffington Post, Lee Gardner was reportedly playing with a plastic fork in his mouth when he gagged, somehow sending the instrument straight down his throat and into his belly. A doctor told Gardner that the plastic utensil will pass naturally and to just wait it out. As time passed, the UK native forgot about his incident; and 10 years later, Gardner had to have the fork surgically removed.
The 40-year-old was rushed to the hospital South Yorkshire hospital with severe stomach pains blood in his vomit. When doctors operated on him, they extracted the 10-year-old 9-inch fork from Gardner’s stomach, where it was lodged in and scratching his stomach lining. Gardner told BBC News, ”I can’t believe it. I have never had any problems with my stomach except once a couple of years ago I remember thinking I felt like something had lodged when I bent over awkwardly. But the advice at the time was that it would just pass through my system, and as that was so many years before I really didn’t think it could be the fork.”
According to a consultant at Barnsley Hospital, Gardner’s case is relatively unique compared to other similar cases. “If something does get lodged, then normally a patient would become ill almost immediately. This is why Lee’s case is so uncharacteristic. The plastic had been exposed to stomach acid for ten years but apart from it being black, there was no damage. It didn’t melt it down or anything which is remarkable.”
The fork’s sharp points left Gardner with a bad ulcer which led to the bleeding and intense pain. However, thanks to the surgical team at South Yorkshire hospital, Gardner is expected to make a full recovery.
Man Has a Fork Surgically Removed from His Stomach After 10 Years.