During a routine colonoscopy, doctors discovered a fully grown fly residing in the patient’s transverse colon. It was the shock of their lives.
The incredible story of a sixty-three-year-old man who had a fly living inside his intestines was just published in the American Journal of Gastroenterology. The man had visited a Missouri hospital earlier this year for a usual screening for colon cancer. As part of the visit, medical professionals performed a colonoscopy, which involves inserting a camera into the intestines to look for any abnormalities.
And that’s precisely what the doctors discovered when they were examining the patient’s transverse colon, or the upper portion of the large intestine: an intact fly that was contentedly living inside the man’s body despite having miraculously survived the gastric acid.
It is a known truth that fly larvae deposited in fruits and vegetables can occasionally survive our stomach acid and subsequently hatch in our intestines, even if no one is quite sure how the fly got into the man’s intestines.
On the other hand, the patient followed the doctor’s advice and had only taken clear liquids the day before the colonoscopy. He had eaten lettuce and pizza the day before his 24-hour fast, but he could not remember seeing a fly or anything else in his food.
Even though the physicians poked it, the fly remained motionless, but the camera’s images make it abundantly evident that it is still whole.