You’ve heard some crazy stories out there about medical surgeries that sounded more like a series of urban legends. We’re talking some seriously insane crap like a woman giving birth to an anaconda and things like that. But while that one’s really far fetched, there are other stories that may seem like a goofy or bizarre made-up surgery, but they are definitely, one hundred percent real, like these 10.
1. THE MAN WITH A NAIL IN HIS HEAD
When a Colorado man went to the doctor complaining of a severe toothache and blurred vision, doctors took an x-ray and discovered that he’d shot a nail into his skull with a nail gun and he hadn’t even realized that he’d done it.
2. THERE’S A RETRACTOR IN MY TUMMY
In 2008, a 72-year-old man was complaining of abdominal pain after a surgery. The doctors didn’t believe him and referred him to a therapist. But when a visible bump under his ribs appeared, doctors took a look and realized that someone had left a 10-inch surgical retractor inside his abdomen. Ouch!
3. HUNGRY FOR SILVERWARE
A 52-year-old woman from the Netherlands suffered from a pica, a compulsion to eat non-food items. But doctors didn’t realize she had this condition until she went to the hospital complaining her stomach hurt. That’s when they found that she swallowed 78 forks and spoons.
4. ORGAN HARVESTING THE LIVING DEAD
When Colleen Burns overdosed on prescription meds, doctors convinced the family to allow them to harvest her organs for donation. There was only one problem. She wasn’t clinically dead yet. So imagine that shock those doctors had when their 41-year-old patient opened her eyes literally in the nick of time.
5. THE MAN WITH TWO HEARTS
No. We’re not talking about “Doctor Who”. The patient’s name is Tyson Smith and the 36-year-old had a bad heart and pulmonary hypertension, which made a conventional heart transplant too risky. So doctors added a donor heart in addition to his failing one. He now has two beating hearts beating in his chest. Weird, huh?
6. 8 FINGERS, ONE THUMB AND A TOE
When 29-year-old James Byrne from Ireland lost his thumb while sawing through wood, doctors found that it was too badly damaged to reattach it. So instead they transplanted his left toe where his thumb used to be. Now he has one cheesy smelling appendage in hand.
7. THE 66-YEAR-OLD HERMAPHRODITE
A 66-year-old Chinese man was experiencing excruciating abdominal pain. But when doctors did a little investigating, they discovered that he had an ovarian cyst. So after removing the cyst in his lady parts, the doctors put him on testosterone to stabilize his physiology.
8. THE HORNY 5-YEAR-OLD
When 5-year-old George Ashman’s parents decided they wanted to remove their son’s birthmark, doctors added two inflatable implants to force his skin to grow so they could later graft the new skin over the birthmark. But for a while, the boy wound up with horns on his head.
9. THE LUNG CONDOM
A woman from India couldn’t stop coughing for 6 months. She was also experiencing a high fever. So doctors stuck a camera down her throat and found a tattered condom lodged in her lung. Apparently, the naughty girl had inhaled it during oral sex. Yeah, no, we’re also really confused as to how in the hell this could’ve happened, too!
10. THAT’S SO ANAL
A 20-year-old man went to the ER complaining of intestinal pain. It turns out that his boyfriend filled up his butthole with cement and a ping pong ball. The reason why this happened is anyone’s guess, but they’re probably not together anymore after this incident.