DOCTORS successfully removed a two-inch nail from a man's genitals yesterday.
The 37-year-old Indian underwent a non-surgical procedure known as a cystoscopy at Salmaniya Medical Complex (SMC).
Doctors pulled the nail out of his urethra on their first attempt and later said the man could have died if the object had not been spotted on X-ray.
The GDN reported yesterday that he admitted himself to SMC on Sunday night with extreme abdominal pain and was unable to speak.
An X-ray clearly showed the outline of the nail inside his penis, which he claimed was inserted there without his knowledge by a gang of Bahrainis who attacked and robbed him.
He said he had been walking around with the nail inside his genitals for three days before going to hospital.
The man told doctors the last thing he remembered was having something sprayed in his face and being fondled by one of his assailants before he blacked out.
"It could have proved fatal if there had been a further delay," said SMC Accident and Emergency Department senior resident Dr Ashwani Narang.
"The man could have been discharged after being administered a pain-killer."
He added that the man had told doctors that he was an illegal worker who would now be deported.
"He would have been dead if he had not come to us," he said. "It is better that he is alive and deported than dead in a foreign land."