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Man Gets Wedding Ring Stuck On Penis

| by Sheena Vasani

A man in South Africa captured international attention after getting his wedding ring stuck on his penis.

The 28-year-old man says he placed the ring on his genitals for "erotic reasons on the recommendation of his friends" after his wife recently gave birth, Metro reports.

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Instead of bringing excitement, the man ended up with penile strangulation.

"The penis was erect and blue and the patient was in severe pain," a case report in The South African Medical Journal noted.

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It wasn't easy for doctors to remove the ring due to the ring's width and because the penis had become excessively swollen

They only succeeded after two attempts, one of which involved using an orthopedic oscillating saw to cut the ring.

On the third try, doctors decided to instead use an injection to drain blood from the penis, which did the trick. The swelling went down, allowing them to pull the wedding ring off.

The man has since made a full recovery, but his story has gone viral.

Many on social media expressed amusement over the incident, cracking jokes in response.

"I don't think this is what Beyonce meant when she said 'If you like it, you shoulda put a ring on it,'" wrote one Facebook user on Metro's Facebook page.

"It's nice to see another d*** in the new other than [Donald] Trump or [U.K. right wing politician Nigel] Farage," another man chimed in.

The man might be happy to know he's not the only who has been hospitalized for an embarrassing sexual reason.

The number of people in the U.S. requiring emergency room care after using sex toys has doubled since 2007, reports The Washington Post. Most of those injuries were not serious.

Blogger Christopher Ingraham speculates the erotic book, "Fifty Shades of Grey," may have contributed to the rise.

"There's no proof that the book caused the surge, but we probably can thank 'Fifty Shades of Grey,' which featured bondage and other sex practices, for at least some of this phenomenon," he writes. "The book, which has been read by tens of millions of people, and ... movie have been a boon to the sex toy industry."

He added, "With sales rising and the use of sex toys becoming more widespread, it's only natural that a certain percentage of people will take things too far and require hospital care as a result." 

Sources: Metro, The South Africa Medical Journal, Metro/Facebook, The Washington Post / Photo credit: Metro

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