Prisoner in Ireland Swallows Cellphone and There's an X-Ray to Prove It

The cellphone had to be removed by surgery, according to a case report.

ByABC News
May 13, 2016, 12:39 PM

— -- A prisoner in Ireland swallowed a cellphone that became lodged in his stomach and had to be removed by surgery, according to a case report.

The surgical findings were published in the International Journal of Surgery Case Reports. The prisoner was a 29-year-old man who was brought to an emergency room in Dublin, Ireland, 10 hours after he claimed to have swallowed the phone, according to the case report.

X-rays showed the mobile phone lodged in the man’s stomach. Doctors had to perform an anterior gastrotomy in order to remove the phone.

“The phone was delivered through the gastrotomy by manual manipulation assisted by Babcock forceps,” the report reads. “The dimensions of the foreign body were 68 x 23 x 11 mm.” That about 2.7 x 0.9 x 0.4 inches.

The prisoner was discharged from the hospital seven days after the surgery and also underwent a psychiatric evaluation, according to the report. He was examined again four months after the phone’s removal and “was well with no symptoms.”