An imam from a Central Anatolian province has been suspended from duty after he was hospitalized with "pieces of cucumber" in his rectum, the Turkish newspaper Hurriyet Daily News reports.
The 39-year-old imam working in Kayseri applied to the emergency room of a hospital in the early morning hours of June 23 with severe abdominal pain and bleeding.
The doctors reportedly took pieces of cucumber out of his rectum, and the official diagnosis in the incident was “bleeding in the anus and rectum and foreign object in the rectum.”
The imam was discharged on June 24 after treatment.
After the story made it to the local press, an official investigation has been launched by the local branch of the Religious Affairs Directorate, or Diyanet, of which the imam was an employee.
He was suspended immediately.
The Turkish Chamber of Doctors, meanwhile, slammed the hospital officials for leaking information about a patient.
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