Friday, March 16, 2007

Long Arm of the Giant

I thought this was a really neat story so I thought I would share it.

March 14, 2007—Who says super heroes don't exist?
Desperate to save two dolphins that had eaten plastic pieces at an aquarium in China's Liaoning Province, veterinarians summoned the world's tallest man—7-foot-9-inch (2.36-meter) shepherd Bao Xishun of the neighboring Inner Mongolia region.
The plastic pieces had caused the marine mammals to lose their appetites and become depressed, Royal Jidi Ocean World officials told the BBC. But the dolphins' contracting stomachs had stymied vets' attempts to use instruments to remove the objects. Instead Bao's extra-long arms were able to extract the offending shards yesterday.
After Bao, 54, "operated" on them—their teeth wrapped with towels for safety, as seen in the bottom photo—the dolphins were in "very good condition," aquarium manager Chen Lujun told the BBC.
Veterinarian Zhu Xiaoling told the state-controlled Xinhua news agency, "Some very small plastic pieces are still left in the dolphins' stomachs.
"However, the dolphins will be able to digest these and are expected to recover soon."

Sorry but this story would not be complete without a No Agenda Zone Update

After great success with dolphins Bao Xishun eventually moved on to human medical procedures.

The photo below shows the ambidextrous gentle giant performing a Tonsillectomy and a stomach stapling simultaneously


unca said...

This story's a little hard to swallow.

si said...

unca: very "punny" reply!

blogball: was this a recent story? i thot i had heard of this a while back. if it is recent, maybe the word's tallest man has a new career now. pretty soon, he WILL be helping people like in your picture. (my fave -- the man that is dangling in air during his procedure.) :-)

unca said...

I understand he's now in the field of proctology.

bryan torre said...

if that's the case, unca, i hope folks are getting their tonsillectomies done first. i'm just saying.

blogball said...

Thanks for the comments everybody.

Hey, maybe I can show Bao Xishun in the middle of his transition period to proctology.
Showing one patient undergoing a tonsillectomy and the other having his hemorrhoids removed and then have him switch hands right in the middle of the procedures as Bryan suggested.