Your body is a temple, but sometimes that temple can have ugly invaders. At other times, people choose to put rather strange things inside their personal shrines.
Over the years, doctors around the world have pulled out some pretty horrible things from people’s bodies, or they discovered things growing inside of people that are the stuff of nightmares. Hello and welcome to another episode of The Infographics Show. Today, we’re taking a look at the most shocking things ever discovered inside people.
Before we start, we have to warn you that this episode is not for the squeamish, and if you’re currently eating, you may want to click away and come back when done. Just don’t say we didn’t warn you.
First up, we have the story of a six-year-old British girl from just this year who went to the hospital complaining about abdominal pain and continuous vomiting for three to four days. On physical inspection, her stomach was rigid to the touch, and she was clearly dehydrated. When the doctors sent her off for an X-ray, they were shocked to discover a large, dark mass in her bowels that wound up into her intestines. Rushing her to surgery, the doctors pulled a giant hairball weighing 4 pounds (1.8 kg) and measuring 3 feet (1 meter) long. The hairball had settled in her bowels and caused a blockage, while its tail extended all the way up into her intestines. Doctors would go on to diagnose her with trichotillomania or Rapunzel syndrome, a condition where people pull out their own hair and sometimes eat it. The hair tends to accumulate over years and years until it finally causes a blockage that can turn fatal, as was the case for a 16-year-old British girl who died after her hairball became infected.