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7:37pm on Monday, 19th August, 2019:



I took my mum to the hospital today to have some gall stones removed. The procedure involved sticking a tube down her throat and pushing it through her digestive system until it got to the bit where the gall bladder empties into the intestine, then extracting the stones through the tube.

The largest stone was officially designated as "colossal" in her medical record, and was over a centimetre in diameter. No wonder it was giving her trouble.

I'm impressed at the technology involved, though. Being able to send a tube loaded with a camera, light and extraction tools all that way and then remove a gall stone the size of a marble through it is pretty impressive.

I'm sure that somewhere there's a government using the same technology to insert marbles into the gall bladder as a method of torture.

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