A desperate man adapted tools to perform surgery on himself after the operation he needed was canceled twice.
Graham Smith, an engineer from Lancashire, in northwest England, admitted it was a reckless move, but that he had become desperate after being in so much pain and discovering he had septicaemia.
He had first undergone bowel surgery 15 years ago and a suture was left in his abdomen.
He brought it to the attention of Aintree Hospital in Liverpool, where the original surgery took place, in 2011 after he noticed part of the stitches poking through his skin.
He told the BBC of his choice to take matter into his own hands: "I knew what I was doing was probably slightly reckless to say the least, but I felt I had no choice."