Firefighters had to be called to a hospital in southern China to remove a piercing gun that was stuck in a man’s ear, according to a newspaper report.
The man from Shenzhen, whose full name was not given, was having his ear pierced on Saturday when the machine jammed, the Shenzhen Evening News reported.
He then went to hospital with the woman who was doing the piercing to remove the gun.
Doctors were unable to loosen it and the patient refused to allow them to cut his earlobe to free the gun as it might leave a scar.
Doctors then called for firefighters who shifted the piercing gun with screwdrivers and clamps.
With his ear appearing red and swollen, the man had to get a tetanus shot and take anti-infection medicines, according to the report.
The woman carrying out the piercing was quoted as saying that she had been doing the work for more than 10 years, but such an accident had never happened before.
Wang said he would never have ears pierced in the future, the newspaper reported.