13kg of feces-filled colon removed from a man’s body to save his life

Our bodies should be taken cared well for us to live a healthy life. We are the one responsible to give the right amount of food and right kind of nutrients in our bodies. But we can’t deny the fact that no matter how we take good care of our bodies, some sickness really do comes out.

You are lucky enough if you don’t have any incurable diseases because some of us are struggling and fighting for the sickness that they’ve got. Just like in the case of a man who suffers from a disease he didn’t know he has one. The 22-year-old Zhou Hai went to Shanghai Tenth People’s Hospital with a bloated belly and looked like he was heavily pregnant.

To his surprise, doctors were forced to remove the 13 kg of feces stored in his colon.

According to local media reports, Zhou was struggling to breathe and could only moan in pain. His CT Scan revealed that there were feces stored in his colon. After three-hour operation, surgeons removed a section of Zhou’s colon that measured 76cm long and weighed 13kg.

Zhou told his doctors that he had suffered from constipation since he was born and took laxatives on a regular basis. When his condition worsened, he was forced to seek treatment due to the severe abdominal pain. It was known that he had months-even years- worth of feces stored in a portion of his colon, which caused his abdomen to swell.

It was then discovered that Zhou suffers from Hirschsprung’s disease.

What is Hirschsprung’s disease?

Hirschsprung’s (HIRSH-sproongz) disease is a condition that affects the large intestine (colon) and causes problems with passing stool. The condition is present at birth (congenital) as a result of missing nerve cells in the muscles of the baby’s colon.

A newborn who has Hirschsprung’s disease usually can’t have a bowel movement in the days after birth. In mild cases, the condition might not be detected until later in childhood. Uncommonly, Hirschsprung’s disease is first diagnosed in adults.

Surgery to bypass or remove the diseased part of the colon is the treatment.