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Man Gets So Drunk He Unknowingly Swallows His House Key

A Chinese man got so drunk while having some time out with friends that he unknowingly swallowed his house key.

The Chinese man went to the hospital last week after experiencing severe chest pain and was shocked to learn that his discomfort was caused by the house keys he thought he had lost the night before after getting drunk with his friends.

On June 7th, a 26-year-old man, identified solely as Chang, from Guangdong, China, went out for drinks with his friends, to celebrate the end of another long work week. When he got home in the middle of the night, he searched for his keys, but couldn’t find them, so he called someone inside and asked them to let him. He was pretty drunk, so he didn’t give his lost keys a second thought, instead going straight to bed. The next morning,  as the numbing effect of the alcohol started to wear off, Chang started experiencing a sharp pain in his chest, so he went to the local Dongguan Hospital to have it checked out.

When doctors performed an X-ray of his torso, they were shocked to see what looked like a key lodged in his esophagus. They asked him about it, and he admitted to losing his house keys the night before, but couldn’t offer any explanation as to how they wound up inside his body. According to Chinese news site Sohu, he was as surprised as the doctors when he saw the X-ray.

Staff at Dongguan Hospital analyzed the situation and decided that allowing the keys to pass through Chang’s digestive system and be eliminated naturally was too risky, as the hard object could tear his intestines or cause a life-threatening intestinal obstruction. At the same time, trying to pull it out using endoscopy equipment could rupture his esophagus. The third option was an emergency surgery.

Dr. Zhang Yuyu told reporters that they first tried removing the keys using a gastroscope, but encountered trouble when trying to pull the out through the narrowest section of Chang’s esophagus, near the throat. The key was too large and pulling too hard could have tore the esophagus, which would have had “unimaginable consequences”. So they aborted the procedure and reconsidered their options. To make matters worse, most of the hospital staff was off duty for a national holiday, but luckily an anesthesiologist and the hospital’s deputy director of the Department of Gastroenterology  canceled their plans and came in to help with the emergency.

After the anesthesiologist administered Chang a drug that helped relax his muscles, a gastroenterologist was able to pull out the metal key and plastic access card from the man’s esophagus.

Source: Oddity Central

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  1. Egbuwalo Teniola Glory

    Drink responsibly, they won’t listen….he is fortunate that they were able to remove it.

  2. Hw could he be so stupid to swallow his key Thank God he didn’t die

  3. Peter Blessing Peter

    Thank God he didnt die, men and alcohol . How can he drink so much when he knows that he cant control himself?. At least he learnt his lesson, once beaten twice shy.

  4. Mbadugha Adaeze vivian 2016054162

    Alcohol is very bad for the body and can make one to misbehave i don’t see the reason why people still take it

  5. Ezekwo Chinenye Josephine

    Stop taking alcohol, this is just the beginning

  6. Okeke Chioma Onyinye

    The rate at which some people take alcohol is quite alarming. Thank God he didn’t die

  7. Wait how did it even taste in his mouth …. Haaaaa…. Drink wisely ooo

  8. this world full of mysteries, if you tell them to stop alcohol,they wouldn’t listen,that’s his fate anyway…..

  9. Omemgboji Valentina Eberechukwu

    There is nothing I won’t see in this life. Stop drinking,people won’t hear. It is just God that saved your life. Drinking alcohol is very bad, it can damage body system

  10. Are you serious is not good to drink too much

  11. Thank God they were able to remove it.. abeg this one should stop going out with keys ooooo

  12. Akwue Kingsley chukwuebuka

    He won’t drink again

  13. Okwugba Alvin Dubem

    Alcohol is very dangerous which one is after drinking the man unknowingly swallowed his house key jxt imagine

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