A Turkish imam has been suspended after a leaked hospital report showed ‘pieces of cucumber’ were found in his rectum, say reports.
The young cleric aged 39 years old had his name kept confidential but has been suspended by a local branch of the Religious Affairs Directorate, following proven medical reports that show he was admitted in a hospital’s emergency section earlier this month for severe abdominal pain and bleeding.
According to Hurriyet Daily News, doctors reportedly gave the official diagnosis of ‘bleeding in the anus and rectum and foreign object in the rectum.’
However, the manner in which those classified medical records were leaked to the media has been criticized by Istanbul’s Chamber of Doctors.
Ardıl Bayram Şahin, a member of the Istanbul Chamber of Doctors’ Human Rights Commission said, “it is a crime to leak medical records of a patient”.
‘We do not know what the official investigation is about, but suspension is unacceptable,’ he said.
‘Such rights violations may prevent people with various sexual practices, especially those who are public employees, from seeking medical assistance.’
Back in 2008, another unnamed cleric had to have a potato removed from his anus.
The clergyman, in his 50s, told nurses at a Sheffield hospital that he had been hanging curtains when he fell backwards on to his kitchen table.
He happened to be nude at the time of the mishap, said the vicar, who insisted he had not been playing a sex game.
The vicar had to undergo a delicate operation to extract the object, one of a range of odd items medics in Sheffield have had to remove from people’s backsides or genitals.