Swimmer impaled by catfish

A Brazil EMS provider shared photos of the fish’s spines stuck into the woman’s stomach


SAO PAULO — A woman in Brazil had surgery after a catfish embedded itself into her stomach.

An EMS provider posted photos on Facebook of the catfish lodged in the unidentified woman’s stomach.

The woman was swimming in a Sao Paulo beach resort when a catfish stung her and locked its spines into her stomach, the Independent reported.

A catfish embedded itself into a woman's stomach in Brazil.
A catfish embedded itself into a woman's stomach in Brazil. (Marcel Araujo Tamada Facebook photo)

"We were alerted to an incident where an object had penetrated a swimmer’s stomach and when we got there, discovered it was a fish," Marcel Araujo Tamada wrote. "She was in a lot of pain. We didn’t remove the spin because only a doctor can do this. We took her to hospital so she could have microsurgery."

Tamada added, "Generally we deal with people who have stood on fish or have cut a finger touching one, but I’ve never seen a catfish stuck to someone’s stomach. It was definitely a first."

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