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On May 7 at 8pm the husband, surnamed Han, received a rude awakening when he felt a wave of pain shooting up his body. As he glanced down, the unthinkable became reality: his penis was severed at the base.
Ten minutes after calling for help, the police arrived to find Han collapsed on the ground. A pair of 20 cm long scissors was identified as the weapon. The doctor informed Han that his penis could be reattached if found within eight hours.
When he looked expectantly at his wife she said blankly that she had flushed it down the toilet.
Han was promptly taken to the hospital where he went into shock. Two days later he became responsive and said, "Despite all this, I love my wife, and I think she loves me".
Surprisingly, the wife did not act out of jealously. She explains:
"I had a recording on my phone from an earlier fight. On it, my husband said he was going to divorce me. When I heard that, just then, I got really scared. Someone in our neighbourhood got divorced, and the child was beaten by the second wife. If my husband divorced me and got married to another woman, I feared that our child would end up being abused like that child. But if I cut it off, I figured he'd never be able to get remarried."