A Chinese man is breathing — and walking — a little easier after surgeons removed part of a broken syringe from his bottom, China Daily reports.

It had been stuck there for 31 years.

Lao Du, 55, said that the broken needle was lodged in his rear after an "amateurish" doctor gave him a shot in 1978.

Although he immediately sought medical attention, doctors could not find the needle.

Du said that he began to experience sharp pain in his bottom about four or five years ago.

"Even walking has become a suffering to me," he said. "I sought help from too many hospitals but none of them dared to do the surgery for me as they are not quite sure if they can find a tiny broken needle from 31 years ago."

The surgery was finally performed at Zhengzhou People's Hospital. Chief surgeon Fu Konglong said the removal was "detailed."

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