Doctors where shocked when a man from the southern province of Guangdong, China, arrived to the hospital with glass cup stuck in his rectum.
The 33-year-old patient, referred to under the alias of Xiao Zhang, had the 3.15-inch tall tumbler stuck in his body for two days before seeking medical attention, according to the Daily Mail.
He arrived in the emergency room of the Sixth Affiliated Hospital of Sun Yat Sen University in Guangzhou on Aug. 31 at approximately 2 a.m.
Zhang told doctors that he tried but was unable to remove the glass from his rectum.
"It has been stuck in there for two days and it is not coming out," he said. "[My anus] is swelling so much and causing me pain."
An X-Ray showed the cup to be 3.15 inches tall and 2.8 inches wide. It was stuck almost 3 inches inside Zhang's rectum.
Dr Cai Yonghua, the specialist in colorectal and anal surgery in charge of Zhang's case, said that his first attempt to remove the glass failed.
"After injecting spinal anesthesia to Xiao Zhang, we can directly touch the glass but it's too slippery to take it out," he said.
According to the Shangaiist, doctors were worried that the glass would shatter if they tried to remove it by pulling it back out of his rectum. Zhang had no choice, then, but to undergo abdominal surgery.
Zhang could have died if the glass was not removed quickly and carefully.
The man is reported to be married with children. After the surgery, he spent some time recovering in the hospital but has since returned home.
He refused to tell doctors how the cup ended up in his rectum in the first place, but Dr. Cai suspects that it wasn't an accident, according to the Mail.
"A very few number of cases were caused by intentional harm by others, most of them insert objects into the buttocks voluntarily," he said.
A similar story occurred in June, when an Italian man was rushed to the hospital after getting a drinking glass stuck in his anus.
The man, who remains unnamed, put the 3-inch-tall cup up his rectum for "sexual stimulation." When he tried to remove it, the glass shattered.
He waited for two days to seek medical attention. Doctors dilated his rectum and removed the sharp fragments with forceps.
The man was offered psychiatric assistance following the procedure, but refused. He was allowed to leave the next day and made a full recovery.