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article imageVideo: Doctors pull live South American lungfish from man's bowel

By JohnThomas Didymus     Nov 5, 2014 in Odd News
Londrina - A Brazilian man had to undergo an emergency surgery to remove from his intestine a live lungfish that entered through his anus and passed a "considerable way" up before getting stuck.
The astounding footage, recorded by staff at the Hospital Universitário in Londrina, state of Parana, southern Brazil went viral online after it was posted to LiveLeak. It was first posted to the website in December.
It shows the unidentified man during the operation to remove the eel-like South American fish. A surgeon can be seen pulling the fish from his bowels.
Incredibly, the fish was still alive and active after it was removed from the man's bowels. The video shows the fish wriggling as it was wrapped in a piece of cloth.
Doctors can be heard laughing and jesting as the lively fish was being removed. One says, "This one is for the history."
A colleague responds, "I just sent this pic by mail."
Female staff can also be heard laughing and cheering as the fish was pulled out. A group of staff members in surgical gear can be seen in the background standing as spectators, with cell phones to capture the "historic" moment.
The Brazilian news website reports that the surgery was performed on April 20, 2012. It also reported that the unfortunate creature was later euthanized.
The patient, who worked for a surveillance firm, has since recovered from the operation. But following the discovery that a surgery to resolve an uncommonly embarrassing situation involving his backside had gone viral online, he lodged a complaint through his attorney with the hospital management.
South American lungfish  Lepidosiren paradoxa
South American lungfish, Lepidosiren paradoxa
Wikmedia Commons/Francis de Laporte
The dean of the university, Nadina Moreno, reportedly announced a ban on staff using cell phones inside surgical theaters. However, it is not unusual for staff to record surgical procedures for instructional purposes at university teaching hospitals worldwide. Usually, care is taken to conceal the identity of the patient. But releasing such material publicly, without the permission of the patient, could be a violation of the patient's privacy, especially in an embarrassing and undignified situation as this.
The hospital management said it was investigating the incident to determine staff members who recorded and leaked the video publicly without the patient's authorization. But predictably, the surgical staff said they did not know how the video was leaked. reports Moreno said: "It's unfortunate that this has occurred. Importantly, we are not putting competency in discussion, because the surgery was a success."
She said that staff members found responsible for the leak would be punished with suspension or dismissal.
The incident comes after a previous case in April 2013, when surgeons at the Shunde People's Hospital in China removed a live one kilogram, 20-inch Asian swamp eel stuck in the intestine of a 39-year-old man from southeastern Guangdong province.
South American lungfish  Lepidosiren paradoxa
South American lungfish, Lepidosiren paradoxa
He was trying to reenact acts he saw in a porn movie. But the eel was removed only after it had chewed through his colon.
A New Zealand man also had an eel removed from his bowels in 2012. A case in 2010 in which a Chinese man's friends pushed an eel up his anus as prank ended tragically when the man died.
Patients demonstrate understandable reticence about details of how live eels managed to swim up their rectum. Human intestines are not the usual habitat of eels. It is known that in most cases the patient was pandering to sexual fetish fantasies inspired by porn professionals.
South American Lungfish, Lepidosiren paradoxa, have an elongated body and have been known to grow to a length of 125 cm (4.10 ft).
South American Lungfish removed from Brazilian s bowels
South American Lungfish removed from Brazilian's bowels
Hospital Universitário in Londrina
The length of the specimen that was removed from the man's intestine was probably about 2 ft (see image above).
The fish was able to survive inside the man apparently because it found an environment of the type suited to it. The South American lungfish is able to survive in muddy, semi-stagnant, swampland waters where there is little oxygen. That is why the fish, best known in Brazil as the piramboia, and native to the Amazon and Parana River basins, is also called the American mudfish.
It is also known as the scaly salamanderfish due to the gold and black markings of young individuals which change to dull brown and grey at maturity.
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