A teenage boy nearly died after swallowing a live eel that lodged in his windpipe for five hours, doctors have revealed.
The unnamed 16-year-old boy had been fishing in Bangladesh when he caught a 6.5 inch long Guchi Bail – Indian spiny eel – and placed it between his teeth.
Unfortunately the eel slipped out of his mouth and down his throat, according to the UK-based science journal BioMed Central.
The youngster ran back to his house where his family saw the fish inside his throat and frantically tried to pull it out only for it to slip further down.
He began having breathing problems and was taken to Dhaka Medical College Hospital where doctors examined his throat but could not see the fish.
They decided to carry out an emergency operation in which they cut a hole in the front of his neck and inserted a tube into his windpipe to help him breathe.
Five hours after the accident had occurred, doctors spotted the tail fin of a fish through the hole they had created in his windpipe.
They were able to grab it with a pair of forceps and pull the fish out which by now was dead.
The boy’s surgeon Kanu Sana later said: “This is the second case I have come across to date. ”
The other was a 45-year-old man who came from a rural village about 300 kilometres away.
‘It was 12 hours after he swallowed the fish. Unfortunately he didn’t survive.”