In 2013, a man from Memphis, Tennessee, was involved in an accident that required him to receive over 100 stitches in one leg alone.
Most sutures are removed after several days or weeks. According to the Encyclopedia of Surgery, “Nonabsorbable stitches should be removed several days to weeks after their placement, depending on their location. For instance, sutures on the face should be removed in approximately 5 days; sutures on the legs and abdomen, in 7 to 10 days; and sutures on the back, in 10 to 14 days. Strips of adhesive tape may be placed over the wound to help support the tissue while it is healing.”
But in this case, the man’s stitches somehow remained inside his leg for three years!
All that time, his leg itched in one spot. The itchiness was so bad at times that he’d break his skin from scratching so hard.
One day, he noticed something that resembled a plastic wire sticking out of his leg — and he started to pull.
He ended up removing eight stitches total. The following video, which shows the removal of one of those stitches, was uploaded to YouTube in 2016 and has racked up nearly 3 million views ever since.
See the process for yourself, if you dare…
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