An 11-year-old boy stuffed 20 magnetic balls up his penis and suffered in excruciating pain for a week before telling his parents.
After stuffing the magnetic toys he began to suffer from painful symptoms and was unable to urinate properly.
The boy, who hails from Dongguan in South China required surgery on his bladder to remove the eodymium magnet toys known as ‘Buckyballs.’
He also suffered from blood in his urine for a week because he was too scared to tell his parents.
Doctors made the strange discovery after he was taken to a local hospital for a checkup, according to Li Honghui, chief urologist at Dongguan Children’s Hospital.
The boy, whose symptoms include frequent urination and pain while urinating, was found to have a string of 20 magnetic balls in his bladder, causing painful inflammation.
Doctor Li performed a cystoscopy – an endoscopy of the bladder – during which he was able to count the now rusty magnets in the child’s organ.
The medic said: “But we couldn’t remove a string of 20 spheres through a cystoscopy, so we opted for a minimally invasive surgery instead.”
Doctor Li noted that the urethra was too narrow to remove the Buckyballs without risking further injury.
The string of magnetic toys were successfully removed in an operation the same day, according to hospital reports.
Doctor Li said: “Children are very curious about their body as they grow.
“In terms of inserting objects in the urethra, we found the phenomenon in boys of two age groups – five to six, and 10 to 13.”
Doctor Li said children may be too scared to tell family members, so parents have been advised to seek medical attention for their kids if they notice symptoms including frequent urination, pain during urination, or blood in the urine.