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This rather shocking photo was snapped in November 16th by a spectator
at the collegiate power lifting championships at Pennslavania State.

The unfortunate competitor, who expressed a plea to remain anonymous,
remembered to surgeons that he was " stuck" at the bottom of a personal
best attempt in the squat lift when he "sort of pulled his stomach in
and pushed extra hard, at the same time as trying to complete the lift."

He remembers a loud popping, splattering noise then a fierce stabbing
pain and then not being able to move from the squat position.

He remained in this position for about half an hour, since trying to
stand caused him overwhelming agonising pain.

Para-medics arrived and applied anaethesia on the spot and carried him
to an ambulance.

He was rushed to surgery, where surgeons described the trauma as an
"explosive and aggravated prolapse of the bowel".

Meanwhile it was revealed that the weight was removed from his
shoulders at the time of the incident by two "spotters" on either side
of the lifter.

The third spotter who was standing behind the lifter was unfortunately
sprayed with fecal matter at the time of the incident.

This spotter promptly fainted when he realised the extent of of the
injury to the lifter, who was a personal friend.

This compounded the task of first aid officers who were at a loss as
to how to treat the injury to the lifter in any case, who remained in
the squatting position moaning in pain much to the consternation of the
helpless audience.

The hapless lifter had successful surgery to relieve the prolapse, but
remained immobilised with his feet elevated in stirrups for 2 weeks to
ensure "internal compliance with the surgery and that the organs
retracted successfully".

To add insult to injury, the ex-lifter required rectal stitching to
partially occlude the anal orifice and stich the rectal passage( which
had significantly expanded and torn during the prolapse) and also was
put on a low fibre low residue diet to combat flatulence to avoid any
possibility of a recurrence.

CBS news spoke to his wife and asked if she thought he would resume
his power lifting career.

"Not if I have anything to say about it, would you like to risk
something like that again"

We agreed!!

CBS news


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The Eight-Legged Otter
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DEAR LORD!

Ack!

Um, is anybody familiar with the notorious porn star Mila? Because this is what it reminded me of.

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Mila? Blow it out your ass, that's not reminiscent of Mila.

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I belive that is possible. I've heard storis about people who have pooped their pants while trying to lift more than they can lift. Unfortunate, but I vote real.
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The new goatse?

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Oh. Dear. God.

I thought Goatse was bad. But now he has struck back! AHHH AHHH AHHHHHHH AHHHHHHHHHHHH!

(cough) But the story is not true. If you manage to keep your eyes from simultaneously imploding and creating two giant black holes which will collapse the Solar System and look up to the top right corner, you'll see a door frame with what looks to be ordinary household trim; something which I doubt is present in an auditorium.

BTW, I also doubt that any news report would use multiple exclamation marks. ( We agreed!!)

(wheeze) (gag) Now to go and dig out my eyeballs with a citrus peeler.

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quote:
Originally posted by DarkDan:
The new goatse?

DarkDan

Oh, God, please no!

Blech. I only had a quick glimpse, but I'm quite scarred.

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Gack! my..eyes....aaaaaghhh...
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quote:
Originally posted by Tree Hugger:
Blech. I only had a quick glimpse, but I'm quite scarred.

Not as scarred as that guy's...

[Big Grin]

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No, Astra, not as scarred as that guy's..

But still pretty scarred. [Big Grin]

Besides the fact that it's gross, though, and one can't look at it, have we determined that it's real?

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I don't know about the story, but a prolapsed rectum is possible. I remember seeing a picture of one when I took Parasitology. In that case, it was caused by, I believe, a pinworm infection. The worm will move to the anus to deposit it's eggs. This causes discomfort similar to needing to defecate. The preson strains so hard that the bowel is pushed out of the body.

Here's some more info: http://www.healthatoz.com/healthatoz/Atoz/ency/rectal_prolapse.html

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I'm just curious. Is this an actual report from CBS news? If so, where is Penslavania (not to dis il migglior fabbro Snopes...)? At any rate, it was surprising to see that everything came out ok in the end [fish]
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quote:


don't know about the story, but a prolapsed rectum is possible. I remember seeing a picture of one when I took Parasitology. In that case, it was caused by, I believe, a pinworm infection. The worm will move to the anus to deposit it's eggs. This causes discomfort similar to needing to defecate. The preson strains so hard that the bowel is pushed out of the body.


I've seen the same thing, except it was from Trichuris trichiura (whipworm) in the photo in my book.
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quote:
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don't know about the story, but a prolapsed rectum is possible. I remember seeing a picture of one when I took Parasitology. In that case, it was caused by, I believe, a pinworm infection. The worm will move to the anus to deposit it's eggs. This causes discomfort similar to needing to defecate. The preson strains so hard that the bowel is pushed out of the body.


I've seen the same thing, except it was from Trichuris trichiura (whipworm) in the photo in my book.
I think you're right (It's been a few years since I had the class and have seen the pic). Both worms can cause it, though.

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Several thing make me doubt that this photo represents what the story alludes to: the proximity of the camera to the person, the visible shadows which would imply a spotlight held to the side of the camera, and the absence of blood.

I can't imagine anyone would allow a spectator to go behind an injured lifter and let them take this shot. The offset light source is something that would be seen more with a posed picture, rather than a point-and-shoot exposure taken during the confusion of the moment.

And I cannot image that a traumatic bowel prolapse would not cause a lot of bleeding from the area of a rectum stretched so far.

It looks like an absorbent pad is underneath the wrestler. I understand that the EMTS might put something underneath the poor fellow, but from what I can see it looks as if it is actually under the guy's feet and what appears to be a weight on the left side of the picture. I doubt that's going to be done with a guy who's locked up in pain. ("Now lift your left foot so we can put this pad underneath")

I vote no.

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And seriously, what is up with those SOCKS??? [Smile]

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Hi All! First time poster, long, long time lurker.

I just have to share my experience with prolapsed bowels. I help rescue lots of stay critters in my area and often this happens to puppies and kittens that are sick and have troubles going to the bathroom. This is exactly what it looks like for them too - but not quite to this scale. Often times the pups or kitties are put down because there is no repair if the injury is very severe. To see it like this is actually quite disgusting! [Eek!]

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The obvious question for is: How did his shorts just happen to rip in a perfect circle allowing a perfect view of his a$$?

I just dont believe this one, either.

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quote:
Originally posted by PygMe:
The obvious question for is: How did his shorts just happen to rip in a perfect circle allowing a perfect view of his a$$?

I just dont believe this one, either.

It's possible the EMTs cut the hole so they could asses the damage.
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First post!!! [Big Grin] I finally have something useful (hopefully) to add. Some powerlifters (not the same as weightlifters) wear squat suits. The squat suit is very, very tight and will add "bounce" at the bottom end (no pun intended) of a squat. Some powerlifting federations allow them and some don't. It looks like a wrestling singlet.

I think it is possible that if the suit "blew out" at the bottom of the squat the hole would be round if the powerlifter remained in the position reflected in the photo. It would be like a tear in the knee of a pair of pants. It'll open up as you bend the knee.

The area being so clean doesn't bother me because the EMTs may have irrigated the wound to sanitize it. There appears to be some wet spots near the top of the wound on the suit. My wife's an M.D. and she see's nothing too out of the ordinary, maybe just the size.

The socks--the last lift in a powerlifting meet is the deadlift. I would sometimes wear long, thick socks and pull them all the way up to cushion the impact of the bar on the shins during the lift. That's probably what this cat was doing. Hope this helps. It's still pretty gross. I think I'll be shedding a few plates from my squat until I get this picture out of my head.

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Has anybody noticed that if you view this picture upside-down, it looks like a person wearing one of those "headless" Halloween costumes with socks over his hands?

- snopes

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Boy, those 'roids are really gonna hurt now!
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Damn!!!! that pic is the most ugly ever!!!! eugggghhhhh!!!!!!!!!!!!
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I've received this photo in email from two different people in the past week. (The first sent it to me and the second; the second sent it to her entire address book. [Roll Eyes] )

Both times I found myself staring at it and mumbling, "Uh ... that'd be the butt, Bob."

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Seems rotten.com has picked up and posted the photo, also.
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EWWWWWW there goes my lunch! Thats sooo nasty!! [Eek!]
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And that, ladied and gents, is why you never, ever, ever close your mouth and hold your nose when sneezing.

[Wink]

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Okay, no one else has brought it up, but I've been wondering what that thing in the lower right hand corner is. It's beige, and looks like it might be made out of rubber? Perhaps if someone could figure out what it is it could give us a clue.

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Ok so we've established that the story and picture do not match, so then what IS up with this picture? Make-up special effects for the hell of it? A real prolapsed bowel with a different story? What was rotten.com's explanation?
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snope's take on it.

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So at this point its basically a mystery? Origins unknown....still very gross!
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