Friday, October 17, 2014

Man finds surprise in stomach after trip to Ireland

By +Alexa Rankin

Bernoux LaVelle returned home from a trip to Ireland with more than he bargained for. Just 1 hour after his plane landed in Brussels, Bernoux complained of a "weird wriggling feeling" in his stomach. He went to the local hospital where an x-ray and gastrocam exam revealed something lodged in his digestive system, and hopefully you have a strong digestive system when you read his story.

An x-ray image of Bernoux LaVelle's stomach (enhanced)
An x-ray image of Bernoux LaVelle's stomach (enhanced)
The x-ray showed that there was a collection of items in Bernoux's stomach, but hospital staff could not figure out what they were. None of them were larger than one inch square and appeared to be organic in origin. Some were disc-like while others were more tuberous in nature.

Doctors then used a new technology known as a gastrocam to investigate further. The results of which were far more revealing as to the origin of the weird stomach contents. With all the stories about Balinese spiders burrowing under some poor guy's skin and some Japanese dude whose entire body was infested with tapeworm from eating infected sushi, doctors were just about ready for almost anything. Brace yourself for the mind-boggling truth about what Bernoux was actually carrying in his tummy.

Close up Gastrocam images of Bernoux's stomach irritant
Enhanced Gastrocam images show what was causing Bernoux's irritation
The gastrocam sent the above images to a remote computer monitor where doctors were able to identify some of the things they saw and solve the mystery of Bernoux's troubles. It turns out that Bernoux's flight from Dublin to Brussels was delayed by 4 hours so he grabbed a meal at an airport restaurant. The Irish stew and pint of Guinness followed by pressure differences in the airplane cabin gave Bernoux a bad case of the tummy wobbles.

Irish Stew
An Irish stew similar to the one eaten by Bernoux LaVelle
The good news is that the offending food has since passed through Bernoux's system, naturally, and his life has pretty much returned to normal, except for the publicity over this incident.

What's the strangest thing you have ever had in your stomach? Let us know below in the comments section.

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