Spa Erects a Monument to Enemas

For MTNurses posing near a monument to enemas at Mashuk Akva-Term sanatorium in the Stavropol on Wednesday.
A monument to enemas was unveiled Wednesday at a sanatorium in the Stavropol region, Interfax reported.

The bronze monument depicts "three angel-like children, who raise above their heads a large bulb syringe," Alexander Kharchenko, director of the Mashuk Akva-Term sanatorium in the spa town of Zheleznovodsk, told Interfax.

The monument weighs 350 kilograms and stands 1.5 meters high. It was created by sculptors from Pyatigorsk and Rostov-on-Don.

More than 100 enemas are carried out daily at the sanatorium, Kharchenko said. "It's high time that enemas got a monument," he said, Interfax reported.

"We wanted to make people see this procedure as more pleasant and fun," sculptor Svetlana Avakova told Komsomolskaya Pravda.

The monument cost 1 million rubles ($42,000), Komsomolskaya Pravda reported. It stands in the park of the sanatorium and will not be accessible to the general public.

Patients at another sanatorium in the Stavropol region needed medical treatment in January after a nurse administered enemas using hydrogen peroxide instead of water.

Seventeen patients were hospitalized with burns to the intestinal tract.

It is the latest in a series of bizarre statues to go up throughout the country. A monument to Druzhba processed cheese, showing a crow and a fox holding the cheese in its distinctive packaging, stands near the Druzhba factory in northern Moscow. The cheese was stolen in February but turned up later in a nearby snowdrift.

A statue of a traffic policeman was erected in Belgorod in 2004, while a monument dedicated to the letter --, or yo, was put up in Ulyanovsk in 2005. In May, a statue of a baby coming out of a cabbage was placed outside a maternity hospital in Tomsk.