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Mayukh Saha
Mayukh Saha
March 30, 2024 ·  2 min read

Hospital Evacuated After 88-Year-Old Man Arrives With WW1 Artillery Shell Lodged In Rectum

Doctors at a hospital in France were stunned and speechless after an 88-year-old man came into the hospital with a bomb in his rectum. This incident naturally led to a massive bomb scare. Even the army and the bomb disposal unit were called. Half of the hospital had to be evacuated while the doctors worked on removing the bomb from the man.

One of the official spokespersons at this hospital, Hospital Sainte Musse in Toulon mentioned, “An emergency occurred from 9 pm to 11.30 pm on Saturday evening that required the intervention of bomb disposal personnel, the evacuation of adult and pediatric emergencies as well as the diversion of incoming emergencies.

Once they received the signal from the disposal unit to go ahead, the doctors then started removing the bomb from the man’s rectum. Apparently, the man had inserted it for sexual pleasure. Now, while it is common for doctors and paramedics to find weird and surprising things stuck inside one’s rectum, this was truly the first case of its kind!

When the bomb disposal squad arrived at this hospital in France, the officials deduced that the bomb, which measured more than 8 inches long and 2 inches wide, would not explode inside the man. The spokesperson further mentioned, “They reassured us by telling us that it was a collector’s item from the First World War, used by the French military. We had to manage the risk in a reactive framework. When in doubt, we took all the precautions.”

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The shell after being removed from the patient in France.
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Man In Toulon, France Inserted An Old Bomb In His Rectum

One doctor at this hospital in France commented, “An apple, a mango or even a can of shaving foam, we are used to finding unusual objects inserted where they shouldn’t be. But a shell? Never!” After the news got viral on social media, comments started pouring in from around the world. One individual commented, “I’ve heard of troops bringing the rear up but this is too far.” Another individual also commented, “He could’ve just used suppositories!” Most users couldn’t help but poke fun at this absurd situation that the old man had come up against. 

One individual also joked, “He was one fart away from redefining what “explosive diarrhea” is.” As far as the patient’s welfare is concerned, the doctors at the hospital in Toulon, France, decided to take him in for surgery after they couldn’t remove the bomb during an initial examination. According to recent news, the surgery was a success, and the man is on his way to recovery.

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  2. Bomb squad called to ER after 88-year-old man arrives with WWI artillery shell in his anus.” Insider. Bethany Dawson. December 23, 2022.
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