The bomb squad rushed to an A&E after a patient arrived with an artillery shell stuck in his butt.
Army explosives experts were dispatched after medics feared the anti-tank fire was about to explode.
The anonymous patient told medics he “slipped and fell” on the 17cm by 6cm armor-piercing projectile fired from his private arsenal of military collectibles.
It was later identified as a WWII 57mm shell that was typically fired from six-pound anti-tank guns.
A source told The Sun: “The guy said he found the shell while he was emptying his things.
“He said he put it on the floor, then slipped and fell on it – and it got his ass up.
“He was in great pain. I think he collected military memorabilia.
Police said they responded to “a report that a patient presented with ammunition in his rectum.”
A spokesperson added: “The article was taken down before the police arrived and the Army Explosive Ordnance Disposal Team has been contacted.”
Troops from the 11th Explosive Ordnance Disposal Regiment rushed to the Royal Gloucestershire Hospital in Gloucester.
A source from the defense said: “It was a solid shot. It was a large, sharp piece of lead designed to tear through a tank’s armor.
“It was essentially a lump of inert metal, so there was no risk to life – at least anyone else’s.”
The Sun’s doctor Carol Cooper said the patient could have died if the bullet had pierced his intestine.
She added, “The range of objects that are pushed into the rectum is amazing, from wine glasses to ketchup bottles and parts of vacuum cleaners.
“Unfortunately, it’s a daily occurrence at A&E – but I’ve never heard of the mine clearance team before.”
A hospital spokesperson said yesterday: “As with any incident involving ammunition, relevant safety protocols have been followed to ensure that there is no risk to patients, staff or personnel at any time. visitors.”
The Defense Ministry said: “We can confirm that an Army Explosive Ordnance Disposal team has been called to Gloucestershire at the request of the local police.”
The sheepish patient has reportedly been released from the hospital and is expected to make a full recovery.
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