Fire crews were called to a hospital to cut off a sex aid after a pensioner had battled for 36 hours to remove it.
Bemused surgeons asked for help when the 69-year-old turned up at North Manchester General Hospital and revealed his problem.
Crews from Blackley station rushed to the ward and used a precision cutting tool to free the patient.
It is understood that the pensioner was asked to sign a disclaimer before the delicate operation was carried out with medics on standby.
The patient originally turned up at Fairfield Hospital, Bury, at 11pm before he was transferred to North Manchester.
Plans were made to use a four-inch angle grinder to remove the ring-shaped object, but eventually an air cut-off tool was selected.
Cooling cream was applied to the area and the patient was asked to sign a form acknowledging he was aware of the dangers of the operation.
The delicate procedure took place in the operating theatre and is understood to have taken more than an hour.
The man spent the night at the hospital and was released yesterday morning.
It is thought firefighters involved were offered counselling following the incident.
A fire service spokesman said: “Our crews were professional and adapted to the circumstances they were faced with. We wish the man involved a speedy recovery.”
- Manchester Evening News