A Spanish influencer has shocked fans after announcing she cooked and ate part of her knee cartilage during a romantic dinner with her partner. Paula Gonu, who has over 3.1 million followers across Youtube, Instagram and TikTok, revealed her gruesome act on the 113 Podcast.
The 30-year-old had her knee meniscus removed after undergoing an operation to rectify an injury. According to the fashion and beauty influencer, she added the knee cartilage to a spaghetti bolognese because ‘it was part of her’ and she ‘wanted to put it back in her body’.
She chose to only receive a local anaesthetic, so she could be awake and see the procedure take place.
“He used a camera. He operated through two holes and it was all up on the screen,” she said, according to The Independent’s translation. After the surgery was over, the doctor gave her the option to take the extracted item home with her.
“I told him ‘yes’, and he put what he removed into a small container like those used for urine samples,” she said. “He put it in alcohol so it would stay that way for as long as I wanted.”
The TikToker then joked to her partner about cooking and eating the knee cartilage, before the couple took the plunge.
“I told him I wanted to eat it because it was part of me and I wanted to put it back in my body. Then I made a bolognese and put it in and we ate it,” she explained.
“I wanted to be able to say in my head that I’ve eaten a piece of my own meniscus.”
Paula insisted that the spaghetti bolognese with her cartilage was no different from eating cartilage, bones or body parts from “worse animals”.
Unsurprisingly, horrified fans flooded the podcast YouTube video with comments.
“At what point did I decide that it was a good idea to watch this over dinner?” one person wrote.
“What a f**king disgusting thing about the cartilage,” another added.
“I almost threw up a thousand times in the first few minutes talking about food,” a third remarked.
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