Up­date: #StolenColon found!

Modern Healthcare - - Outliers / Asides & Insides -

This was one tweet that ev­ery­one was happy to see: “BREAK­ING: WE HAVE RE­COV­ERED THE STOLEN COLON. Thanks to a tip, of­fi­cers found the gi­ant, in­flat­able, pil­fered in­tes­tine in a va­cant house in the 7100 block of Vir­ginia. No one in cus­tody yet. In­ves­ti­ga­tion is con­tin­u­ing. #StolenColon”

The post from the Kansas City Po­lice Depart­ment ended a month­long man … er … colon­hunt.

As Out­liers re­ported Oct. 29, the 10-feet-long, 150-pound in­flat­able colon went miss­ing Oct. 18. But it wasn’t all bad news, pub­lic­ity sur­round­ing the theft brought ex­tra at­ten­tion to the Colon Can­cer Cen­ter, which raises aware­ness about a dis­ease that causes roughly 50,000 deaths a year. It even in­spired the #StolenColon so­cial me­dia cam­paign and “news of the Stolen Colon has reached over 186 mil­lion peo­ple,” the coali­tion noted on its web­site.

The Amer­i­can So­ci­ety of Gas­troen­terol­ogy had offered a $1,000 re­ward to any­one who came for­ward with in­for­ma­tion re­gard­ing the miss­ing colon. A fundraiser or­ga­nized by the Colon Can­cer Coali­tion to buy a new colon raised over $11,000 of its $4,000 goal. Quest Di­ag­nos­tics and Salix Phar­ma­ceu­ti­cals stepped up with siz­able do­na­tions en­abling the coali­tion to buy not just one, but two re­place­ments. So with the re­cov­ered in­flat­able, that makes three. ●

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