A 12-year-old Malaysian boy had to endure the agony of having a live fish stuck in his throat for 14 hours before it was surgically removed.
Philip Muan caught the ikan puyu (climbing perch or Anabas testudineus) while fishing in a drainage ditch on Sunday.
He removed the hook and tried to bite the head of the fish to kill it but it slipped into his mouth and lodged itself in his throat.
His father Muan Burong, said his sons returned home when they failed to remove the fish from Philip’s throat.
Muan took the boy to the Batang Ai clinic from where he was taken to the Sri Aman Hospital about 40km away. From there, Philip was rushed to the Sarawak General Hospital in an ambulance.
It was already 11pm by the time he arrived and the boy was spitting blood. The fish had by then died and a foul smell emanated from the boy’s mouth.