It's June, which means that sometime in the very near future, you're going to take the kids to go swimming. Maybe you'll dive into a nice pool, waddle in the waves of the ocean, or take a dip in a gentle river. But before you cool off with a casual swim, let me go ahead and scare the bejesus out of you before you get all wet. A 12-year-old boy inhaled a 3.5-inch-long fish while playing in a river in central India. The live fish got lodged in the boy's lungs and he was taken to a hospital where a bronchoscopy was performed.
And in said bronchoscopy, you can see the fish flapping around in the lung, like it ain't no thing.
Doctors were able to surgically remove the fish and the boy is fine. Hardly a scar, except, you know, the emotional one of knowing what it's like to swallow a fish and have it flounder around inside your body for the better part of a day.
The fish, alas, did not seem to come out unscathed. He, uh, died.
Here's the thing. Swallowing fish seems to be fine -- I took down a goldfish as initiation on a sailing team once -- but inhaling them seems to be a little trickier. So kids, do not inhale fish. It doesn't sound that fun.
In fact, it sounds almost as not fun as having an eel swim up your penis. That happened to a guy and he had to endure a three-hour surgery to get the little bugger out of his bladder.
Let this serve as a lesson to all of us. While in water this summer, keep your bodily orifices closed. You don't want to be the first person to swallow tadpoles and poop out frogs, do you? Didn't think so. Keep all your holes closed and you should be good to go.
Can you imagine anything worse than inhaling a fish??
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