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Not recommended: Treating warts with a shotgun

There’s something to be said for aggressive medical treatment, but using a shotgun on a finger wart might be taking things a bit too far.

That’s what you’d think would be going through the mind of Sean Murphy. The South Yorkshire man had a painful finger wart that wouldn’t go away after five years of varied treatment. Finally, in desperation, he loaded a shotgun, pointed it at the wart, and pulled the trigger.

Turns out, that method isn’t quite as precise as you might think. It did remove the wart — along with most of the finger it was on.

Besides the inadvertant amputation, the cost of Murphy’s self-surgery will include 16 weeks of prison time, 100 hours of unpaid community work and court costs of about $200. (Murphy used a gun he found and hadn’t legally registered.) He also lost his job.

All in all though, Murphy said he’s not unhappy with the result, noting that  he could have done up to 16 years in prison for the charges he faced, and “The best thing is that the wart has gone. It was giving me a lot of trouble.”

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