Doctor in southeastern China has removed 29 magnetic beads from a teenager’s bladder, three months after shoving them up his penis ‘out of curiosity.’
According to Chinese media reports, the ‘curious’ schoolboy, named Lin, 13-year-old, had dozens of magnetic balls removed from his penis by surgeons at Xi’an Children’s Hospital in the capital of China.
Remarkably, the teenager suffered intense abdominal pain for three months but was embarrassed to talk to his parents about it.
After Lin was performed an X-ray scan, the analysis revealed the magnetic beads had formed a tight cluster under his bladder.
The young teen told doctors that he had inserted the string of metallic balls into his urethra ‘out of curiosity.’
Speaking about the bizarre case, Dr. Zhang Yanyan 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.”
According to reports, the young boy is now recovering from the surgery and has already been discharged to continue recuperation at home.
After the incidence, Dr. Yanyan advised parents that it’s essential that kids, such as Lin, be given proper guidance during this particular stage of their lives.
“Kids in puberty are curious about their bodies. They need proper guidance and education from their parents.”
A similar incident had been reported in eastern China when another teenager, 11-year-old, inserted 70 magnetic balls into his penis.
The two incidences aren’t isolated.
A study in JRSM Short Reports, in the peer-viewed journal, titled ‘Putting Lead in Your Pencil’ stated that urologists often discover strange objects that had been inserted into the urethra.
In the research, one featured bizarre incidence is when a man, 62-year-old, had inserted AAA-sized batteries up his urethra. This practice, also know ‘cock-stuffing,’ ‘sounding,’ or ‘urethra play’ is carried out by some men in hopes of seeking sexual pleasure.
This’s a risky practice to the victim as it can cause physical trauma of the urethra, or trigger infections to your private parts.
Dr. Jamil Wells, the Director of Medicine at the American Council of Science and Health, advises:
“Putting items where they aren’t intended, could be putting your life at risk. If there is an untoward event after an ill-advised or accidental activity, then do not delay seeking emergency medical treatment.”
There has also been an increase in similar cases in China where teenagers would need surgical treatments to remove clusters of magnetic balls from their bodies.
These balls are a common feature in a range of favorite toys.
In January, a 12-year-old boy in Wuhan, Hubei province underwent an operation to remove 39 magnetic balls after inserting them into his penis.