11-year-old boy recovers after metal hook pierces his genitals

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Iranian doctors successfully removed a metal hook that was lodged in the scrotum of an 11-year-old boy. (PHOTO: Gallo Images/Getty Images)
Iranian doctors successfully removed a metal hook that was lodged in the scrotum of an 11-year-old boy. (PHOTO: Gallo Images/Getty Images)

An 11-year-old boy from Iran was injured in a freak accident when one of the hooks from a boxing bag he was moving dislodged and pierced his scrotum.

The unnamed boy, who was in excruciating pain, was taken to the emergency room by his anxious parents.

Doctors at Shahid Sadoughi University where he was treated say the metal hook entered through the bottom of his scrotum and pierced through his genitals all the way up to above his penis.

In images supplied by the medical team, the sharp end of the hook can be seen protruding from his bladder area.

The hook thankfully didn’t cause damage to the boy
The boy’s medical team say he's lucky the hook didn’t cause any permanent damage. (PHOTO: ScienceDirect)

Doctors immediately treated the boy, performing an emergency ultrasound that showed no testicular impairment.

According to a report detailing the incident, they also ran tests to rule out urethral and bladder damage.

“The patient was then taken to the operating room to remove the external object from the scrotum,” the report states.

The boy was put under anaesthetic before doctors removed the hook without any surgical procedures.

The boy, who hasn’t been named, was able to urinate normally immediately after the medical procedure. He spent six days in hospital before he was discharged with a clean bill of health.

It took him about two weeks to fully recover from the incident

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Doctors say he was lucky to escape with no permanent damage.

Jonathan Glass, a consultant urologist at the UK’s Royal College of Surgeons, says major injuries to the scrotum are thankfully rare.

“In this case, it appears the child was very fortunate that the spike didn’t pass through, or injure, any major organs or vessels which could've potentially resulted in life-changing harm, or the need for more significant surgical repair,” he says.


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