The 39-year-old imam hailing from the Central Anatolian province was was admitted to hospital last week after suffering from severe abdominal pain and bleeding.
According to the Hurriyet Daily News, the allegedly removed pieces of cucumber from his rectum, with the official diagnosis recorded as “bleeding in the anus and rectum and foreign object in the rectum.”
He was subsequently suspended following his discharge from the hospital with the word of his bizarre mishap making its way to the loca press.
The imam was reportedly working for the local branch of the ‘religious Affairs Directorate’ and is an investigation is underway regarding the mishap.
In the meantime, the regional Chamber of Doctors have criticized hospital officials for leaking information about a patient.
“The imam applied to a hospital for a medical condition, it is a crime to have leaked the information of a patient,” Ardil Bayram Sahin, a member of the Istanbul Chamber of Doctors’ Human Rights Commission, quoted in a reported by the Russian Television said.
“Such rights violations may prevent people with various sexual practices, especially those who are public employees, from seeking medical assistance,” he added.