A man from China had almost 30 pounds of feces removed from his body after it became impacted in his colon and made it hard for him to breath.
Doctors at the Tenth People's Hospital of Shanghai said Hai appeared 9 months pregnant because of the painful enlargement and feces backup. Taking laxatives over the years only gave him minor relief. This compelled him to visit the hospital and he asked the doctors for help. Upon conducting a CT scan, the doctors discovered that feces have accumulated in his colon.
Dr Yin Lu said the procedure lasted three hours and removed the enlarged body part, according to Inverse Science.
He was taken into what was eventually a three-hour surgery to have 76 centimetres (30 inches) of his large intestine removed.
Fortunately, the surgery was deemed a success and the patient is now in stable condition and expected to make a full recovery soon. Hirschsprung's Disease can affect infants as well as adults and patients experiencing discomfort or swelling for extended periods of time should consult their medical professionals.
Hirschsprung disease is typically diagnosed in babies and children, and to have the condition for 22 years without being diagnosed is extraordinarily rare.
Hirschsprung's disease can be treated via two types of surgery: ileostomy (removal of the entire colon and connecting the small intestine to the stoma) and colostomy (leaving a part of a colon and connecting it to the stoma).
According to the Mayo Clinic, this condition is associated with certain inherited conditions, such as Down's syndrome and other abnormalities present at birth, such as congenital heart disease.