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February 7th, 2007 · No Comments · Immigration, Stupidity

If you are thinking of visiting the U.S. from abroad, you might want to postpone any anal surgery:

US immigration officials insisted the sufferer of an anal infection remove a small piece of medical thread which was being used by doctors to treat the condition. The man required treatment under general anaesthetic as a result… Arriving on holiday in New York in August last year, the unnamed 48-year-old was interrogated and searched by immigration officers… The rectal examination discovered a device called a seton, which doctors in the UK had inserted into the fistula to help control long-term infection.

The seton was made of a blue braided medical suture material knotted and passed into the hole where the fistula surfaced. After one baffled immigration officer pulled “very hard” on the seton, the patient was given the choice by the baffled immigration officers of either getting on the next plane home, or submitting himself to a procedure to have it removed… The seton was duly removed by an airport doctor, who claimed to have no idea what it was. The man now requires treatment under general anaesthetic to have a replacement inserted.

If you must travel with a string coming out of your butt, you should bring a doctor’s note for the idiots who may search you. Though, after reading the article I’m not convinced that it would help.

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