Doctors were stunned to find pearls in a man’s body.
However, they were even more surprised when they learned how it got there.
A 61-year-old man named Zou of Beijing, China, had to undergo emergency surgery to remove 42 pearls that were embedded in his body for years as part of an unusual remedy for severe pain in the legs.
Doctors at the Nianlun Orthopaedics Hospital (NOH) in Changsha, Hunan Province, removed the pearls from the man’s waist, hips and legs. Zou suffered from back and leg pain when a friend introduced him to a doctor in Yiyang, Hunan Province, who places pearls under the skin in order to heal pain.
One of Zou’s relatives who underwent the pearl therapy, got better. In 2011, Zou decided to have the procedure done. However, Zou started experiencing a sharp pain in his legs last year, which subsequently left him unable to walk.
Doctors found that as a result of the unusual remedy, Zou had contracted bilateral femoral head necrosis, a condition which stops blood supply to the bone.