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Man hospitalized after eating a live crab in revenge for his daughter

Man hospitalized after eating a live crab In revenge for his daughter

A man in China tried to show a live crab who was boss, but it ended up coming back to bite him, as he became strangely ill months later.

The man, identified as 39-year-old Lu of Zhejiang, was recently at a hospital in Hangzhou and being seen by doctors for severe back pain. This was about two months after he ate the crustacean, Yahoo! News reported.

Dr. Cao Qian said, “I asked him, ‘Why did you eat a live crab?’ He said, ‘I wanted to take revenge for my daughter.’ He said, ‘When we were by a stream, my daughter was pinched by a small crab, so I got angry and put it into my mouth for revenge.'”

A crab pinched his daughter, so to get revenge, he ate it! Apparently, he wasn’t too proud of the moment, as he did not mention this incident to the doctors. He only admitted to eating the crab after his wife mentioned the incident to doctors. Prior to admitting it, doctors were puzzled by “pathology changes in his chest, abdomen, liver and digestive system,” according to Yahoo! News.

Dr. Qian added, “We repeatedly asked him if he had ever eaten game, or anything unusual, anything that could cause allergies. He said no to all.” However, Lu did later admit to doctors that he had eaten “something special.”

Bloodwork was completed on Lu, which showed he had three parasitic infections from eating the live crab. He has since recovered but will require follow-up visits.

In China, crab is typically cooked; however, there are times when it is served raw. When that happens, the crabs are marinated in alcohol first, which has earned them the name “drunken crabs.”

Dr. Qian added, “Theoretically it’s better to eat something marinated than completely raw because it has been treated with alcohol which can help kill parasites and bacteria. But it can’t kill all parasites, so it’s not 100 percent safe either.”

In fact, the Center for Food Safety in Hong Kong recommends against eating any raw crabs, marinated or not, the Yahoo! News reported.

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