Bender Of The Week (12)

With pubs reopening today after their enforced closure, it is timely to pass on this salutary warning.

A 40-year-old man from Zhejiang, known as Mr Hu, downed 10 bottles of beer during a heavy drinking session. Unfortunately, when he fell asleep or, perhaps, passed out, he had forgotten to answer a call of nature.

Waking up, he experienced severe abdominal pains, the pain was so intense that he could not lie flat or relieve his bladder. A CT scan at the local hospital revealed that his bladder had ruptured in three places, one of the holes rupturing towards  Mr Hu’s abdominal cavity and forcing part of his intestines to spill into the bladder, a potentially fatal complication.

Happily, Mr Hu, after emergency surgery, has made a complete recovery. Such bladder explosions are rare, but not unheard of, and binging on beer can increase the odds of it happening.

You have been warned. Stay alert!

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