Man has WWII shell lodged in rectum, hospital called bomb squad

  • A man presented to an emergency room in Gloucester, England, with “ammunition in the rectum”, police said.
  • Medics removed the WWII artillery shell from inside him.
  • Mine clearance experts confirmed that the shell was “not alive,” according to a police statement.

Bomb disposal experts were called to a Gloucester, England hospital after a man told medics a World War II anti-tank shell was lodged inside him, authorities said .

The Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) team arrived at Royal Gloucestershire Hospital on Wednesday morning after learning that “a patient had presented with ammunition in his rectum,” a carrier told Insider word of the Gloucestershire Police.

The object had already been removed by medics by the time the demining team arrived, the spokesperson added, and the EOD confirmed that the shell was “not alive” and “therefore not. a danger to the public “.

The Sun was the first to report that the anonymous patient told doctors at Gloucestershire Royal Hospital that he “slipped and fell” on the two-inch-wide artillery shell.

The media reported that the shell was part of its collection of military memorabilia.

An image of an artillery shell.

An image of an artillery shell.

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In a statement sent to Insider, the Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust said: “As with any incident involving ammunition, relevant safety protocols were followed to ensure there was no risk to patients, staff or visitors at any time. “

UK newspaper Metro reported that procedures to remove objects from patients’ rectum cost the National Health Service (NHS) around £ 340,000 ($ 450,000) per year.

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