Bizarre Items Found in Human Stomachs

Posted by , Updated on November 27, 2023

Banana sandwiches, fries with milkshake, pickles with peanut butter. Some people have unusual eating habits and appetites, but after you read today’s post, you will consider these little deviations absolutely acceptable. Check out these Bizarre Things You Won’t Believe Were Found in a Human Stomach (which would probably make even the most experienced surgeons cringe!





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A man went to a Chinese hospital complaining of abdominal pain. What doctors found was shocking and quite embarrassing for the poor fellow. Apparently, a bottle was the cause of the the abdominal pain, which had to be surgically removed.




After being taken to a local bishop for healing, 49-year-old Maria Tsotetsi’s stomach kept growing and growing. Everyone just assumed she was pregnant. However, after she became very ill and her teeth started falling out, doctors found a snake in her belly. They suspect that the bishop put the snake there out of jealousy.



While most adults know batteries are not for eating, children are a different story. There are several cases of children eating batteries every year. Sadly, eating batteries causes much more than just abdominal pain, and a few children have even died from internal bleeding. Basically, keep batteries out of reach of children, and if you get a strange desire to eat something weird, batteries are not the way to go.


Live Frogs

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Jiang Musheng had severe abdominal pains, until he met an old man named Yang Dingcai, from southeast China. He told Jiang that swallowing live frogs and rats had helped him with his intestinal issues. He still eats them today and says they’ve made him stronger.



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Chinese carpenter Li Xiangyang was holding a nail between his teeth when he suddenly coughed and swallowed it. He was taken to a hospital where doctors x-rayed him and found the nail was in his right lung. Professor Hu Ke attempted to remove it by feeding a bronchoscope down his throat, but just as he was on the verge of pulling the nail out, Li coughed again and sucked it right back. This time it ended up in his left lung. Hu tried again but, at the last minute, Li involuntarily swallowed and the nail disappeared again. Eventually, doctors located the nail and were finally able to remove it with a gastroscope clamp.


Hand Grenade


An X-ray showed a hand grenade in a terrorist’s stomach. Apparently, he didn’t think his plan through very well because he had no way of actually detonating it.



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A 33-year-old woman attempted to use a spoon to remove a fish bone lodged in her larynx. She accidentally swallowed the spoon and had to be taken to the operating room to have it surgically removed.


Live Bullet


A four-year-old girl from the city of Thane, India, swallowed a live bullet at Lokmanya Nagar. The girl was playing in the vicinity when she found the bullet lying on the ground. Presuming it to be a chocolate, she picked it up and put it in her mouth. The girl was admitted to a hospital where doctors successfully managed to get the lead material out without surgery.




A Nigerian, caught at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport in Malaysia, was taken to a hospital where an X-ray showed the presence of a foreign lump inside his stomach. The lump was later found to consist of 54 capsules of methamphetamine.


Live Eel

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A man from China admitted himself to a hospital after reportedly getting a live eel stuck inside him. The man inserted the 20-inch-long Asian swamp eel into his anus after seeing it done in a pornographic movie and had to endure an all-night surgery to have it extracted. Medical team members reportedly said the eel, which was “simply trying to find its way out,” was alive when removed but died shortly thereafter.


Engagement Ring


Kaitlin Whipple swallowed the engagement ring that her boyfriend Reed Harris placed in her frosty. After Kaitlin swallowed it, she was incredulous and didn’t believe her boyfriend’s claim that he had planted a ring in her frosty. Reed had to take her for an x-ray to prove it.




Kong Lin, 27, had borrowed a four-inch long pair of nail scissors as a toothpick after a meal. But as one of his friends told a joke, Kong laughed – and promptly swallowed the scissors.



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Michel Lotito was a French entertainer famous for being the consumer of indigestible objects; he was even nicknamed Monsieur Mangetout (Mister Eat-it-all). For his performances, Lotito consumed metal, glass, rubber, and other materials in items such as bicycles, televisions, or even a plane (a Cessna 150 to be exact). The aircraft took roughly two years to be eaten. Lotito didn’t often suffer from ill-effects due to his diet, even after the consumption of materials usually considered poisonous. He apparently possessed a stomach and intestine with walls twice the expected thickness, and his digestive acids were, allegedly, unusually powerful.


Cell Phone

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Curious to know just how much some people are willing to endure in order to stay connected? A prisoner in San Salvador was found with a cell phone inside him.



A 62-year-old man with a history of psychiatric issues went to the emergency room in 2002, suffering from stomach pains. Doctors were shocked when they discovered the reason for the patient’s soreness – his belly contained around 350 coins ($650 worth), along with assorted necklaces and needles. It was so heavy it had forced his stomach down between his hips.



A 76-year-old woman visited a gastrointestinal specialist for stomach-related problems, including weight loss and diarrhea. An X-ray showed a pen lodged in the woman’s stomach. When removed, the pen that had been stuck in there for 25 years was actually still usable.


Bed Springs


X-rays from Central Prison in Raleigh, North Carolina, showed items such as bed springs and even batteries being found in the stomachs of multiple prisoners. The reason the prisoners were swallowing the bed springs and various other items was simply to gain trips to hospitals outside of prison grounds.




An 18-year-old computer design student swallowed a two-inch key at a party to stop his friends from taking him home after they decided he’d had enough to drink. Doctors sent him home, telling him to let nature take its course, and the key emerged 31 hours later.



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In 2006, a girl from Foshan, China, swallowed more than 20 cobblestones in a moment of anger after a big quarrel with her boyfriend. Initially, she thought the stones would be flushed out, but unfortunately, they remained in her body for the next few days. She began to feel extremely sick and went to the hospital to have the stones removed safely.




When 8-year-old Haley Lents from Huntingburg, Indiana, found shiny metallic objects laying around the house, she naturally assumed them to be candy. Before long, her intestines were filled with magnets, and she had to be taken to the hospital to keep them from connecting together inside her, resulting in holes tearing through her intestines. She was in the hospital for two weeks but made a healthy recovery and is very lucky to be alive.


Mini Cell Phone

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A 29-year-old prisoner was brought into a hospital in Dublin, Ireland, after having reportedly been throwing up for nonstop for 4 hours. He said that he had ingested a phone 6 hours prior and had no reason for doing so other than suffering from “psycho-social issues.” The doctors attempted multiple approaches to removing the phone, but the patient ended up receiving surgery after the first few approaches failed. He made a healthy recovery.


Surgical Tweezers

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57-year-old Daryoush Mazarei experienced severe pain after an intensive operation. Although in chronic discomfort and pain, Mazarei was told repeatedly that nothing was physically wrong with him. When Mazarei’s doctors finally gave him a CT scan, they saw a large object located in his abdomen. After reopening the patient’s abdominal cavity, the surgeons found a set of retractors that had been accidentally left inside the man during the last surgery.



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An 23-year-old woman from Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, Sophie Cox had been experiencing extreme abdominal pain for months before she decided to go to the hospital. Doctors discovered a 14 lb hair ball that was sitting in her stomach. Sophie explained that this habit is something that she had been doing for over seven years but had no idea it was so severe. Cox was diagnosed with trichotillomania, which is the constant need of wanting to pull out your hair, and  trichophagia, which is when you eat your hair.


Human Fetus

Sanju Bhagat from India was often ridiculed for his abnormally large stomach. One night, he was rushed to the hospital with shortness of breath and severe pain. When the doctors attempted to remove what they assumed was a tumor, they were shocked to find a partially formed human fetus.



In October of 2009, Margaret Daalman went to a hospital In Rotterdam, Holland, after complaining about stomach pains. Upon examination by the doctors, it was discovered that she had eaten up to 78 pieces of cutlery consisting of spoons and forks. She was suffering from a borderline personality disorder which caused her to eat her silverware. Margaret made a full recovery and is receiving help to deal with this obsession.

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