STRANGE BUT TRUE

Central Telegraph - - NEWS THANK GOD IT’S FRIDAY -

A 30-YEAR-OLD woman in Perth has re­cently un­der­gone surgery for a wire in her in­tes­tine.

Doc­tors made the dis­cov­ery af­ter the woman came to Sir Charles Gaird­ner Hos­pi­tal grip­ing about up­per ab­dom­i­nal cramp­ing.

At first, doc­tors thought the pain was caused by her gall blad­der and sent her home af­ter it stopped.

Two days later, the woman re­turned to the hos­pi­tal and doc­tors did a CT scan on her – to dis­cover there was a wire-shaped ob­ject in her small in­tes­tine.

Doc­tors per­formed emer­gency surgery on the woman and re­moved a 2.8-inch-long piece of or­thodon­tic wire that had pierced through sev­eral parts of the small in­tes­tine, caus­ing the or­gan to twist around it­self.

The pa­tient told doc­tors her braces had been re­moved 10 years ear­lier, but she didn’t re­mem­ber swal­low­ing a piece of wire or hav­ing a wire go miss­ing.

The doc­tors said it was re­mark­able that the wire stayed in the woman’s body for so long with­out caus­ing pain or more se­ri­ous in­juries.

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