Doctors cut toilet from inmate

July 29, 1982
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MONROE, Wis. -- Doctors performed surgery to remove a stainless steel toilet from the swollen hand of a jail inmate, who got it stuck while attempting to retrieve a ring he dropped there.

A Green County Jail inmate accidentally dropped the ring in the toilet of his cell Wednesday night, and caught his hand while trying to get it out, Sheriff Harold Lelle said Thursday.

A plumber was called to remove the toilet from the stall, and jail personnel worked unsuccessfully for 5 hours trying to free the inmate's hand.

The man finally was taken to St. Clare Hospital by ambulance. Lelle said it required three people to transfer the inmate from the jail to the hospital -- one to watch the prisoner and two to carry the toilet bowl.

At the hospital, doctors gave the man a sedative and cut away a portion of the toilet, releasing the man's swollen hand.

Lelle said the ring was saved -- and both the inmate and the toilet were returned to the cell.

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