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X-rays confirmed the bar was still in the man’s stomach a year later. Photo:

Man in China has metal bar removed from stomach after swallowing it for US$800 bet

Operation costing over US$3,000 needed a year later to retrieve steel bar, which had pierced his gastric wall

A man in China’s southwestern Sichuan province has had a thin steel bar removed from his stomach after he swallowed it a year ago in a bet while drinking.

The unnamed man from Chengdu has been recovering following an operation costing 20,000 yuan (US$3,160), local media reported on Wednesday.

He had swallowed the 20cm bar for a 5,000 yuan (US$792) bet, sealed in a plastic cylinder from a ballpoint pen to reduce the discomfort, Liu Bin, the doctor who admitted him, was quoted as saying by Chengdu Economic Daily.

The steel bar was sealed inside a cylinder from a ballpoint pen. Photo:

He had not been in pain but went to the Nuclear Industry 416 Hospital after becoming anxious that the object remained in his body.

An X-ray established that the bar was still in his stomach and revealed that one end of it had pierced his gastric wall. It took doctors 1½ hours of surgery to remove it.

The man was recovering well, Liu said.