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Tourist Has $278K Diamond Removed from Large Intestine

Impacting Travel | Patrick Clarke | September 14, 2015

Tourist Has $278K Diamond Removed from Large Intestine

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There are many safe places for a $278,000 diamond. However, a human's large intestine is not one of them.

A Chinese tourist visiting Bangkok learned that embarrassing lesson last week when she was sent into surgery to have a stolen diamond removed from her colon, the Associated Press reported.

The woman, identified as 39-year-old Jiang Xulian, was arrested along with an unidentified Chinese man Thursday at Bangkok's Suvarnabhumi Airport after an X-ray machine revealed the woman to be in possession of a missing 6-carat gemstone.

Jiang originally denied any involvement when first approached by authorities. 

Police Col. Mana Tienmaungpak told the AP on Sunday that a doctor used a colonoscope to uncover and retrieve the diamond from the woman's body.

While the procedure may seem unpleasant, it was likely far less messy than the original plan. The BBC reported Jiang was originally given laxatives to help coax the diamond out of her system. But with no luck officials opted to extract the jewel. 

The complete operation was said to take just over 10 minutes. 

The woman is believed to have stolen the diamond from a jewelry fair last week, per the BBC. Authorities said she swapped it for a fake gemstone.

Jiang became a suspect in the case after she was spotted on surveillance video from the fair.

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