A surgeon reported Tuesday that a mobile phone had been successfully removed from the stomach of a patient incarcerated in a prison in Kosovo, during an operation carried out in a clinic in the capital, Pristina.

The patient, whose identity was not disclosed, he had complained of a severe stomach upset for several days, so last week he was transferred to the gastroenterology service of the university clinical center in the Kosovar capital. There, the doctors found that the inmate had a Nokia phone lodged in his stomach.

“The 33-year-old detainee had swallowed a small mobile phone, which was taken from him,” Skender Telaku, the gastroenterologist who directed the medical team that performed the procedure non-invasively, told AFP by telephone.

“Endoscopically, without having to open his stomach, it was possible to extract the phone, disassembled into three parts,” he added.

The patient explained to the doctors that he had swallowed the phone four days ago. The intervention, which took place last week, lasted more than two hours and “without complications,” continued Dr. Telaku.

The medical team paid attention to “The battery of the device in the event of possible leakage of corrosive acid”, he commented.

“It was like walking through a minefield, but finally everything worked out,” he continuous.

Later, the police took the patient and the Nokia 3010 – a model launched by the Finnish brand in the 2000s – back to the detention center, the gastroenterologist added.

Police did not confirm or comment on this incident.

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