Surgeons Remove 1.6kg Of Jewelry, Wristwatch, Coins From Woman’s Stomach
Surgeons in India have removed 1.6kg hoard of golden metal jewelery, trinkets, money and a watch from a woman’s stomach.
The 22-year-old patient had suffered abdominal pain, and been sick after every meal for a week, before she was admitted to hospital.
Sonography and x-ray tests revealed that there was metal in her stomach, prompting surgeons at Rampurhat Government Medical College and Hospital, to operate her to remove it.
The surgeons removed chains, nose rings, earrings, trinkets, bangles, anklets, 90 coins and a wristwatch, during the 75-minute procedure.
Dr Siddhartha Biswas, head of the surgery department, who led the operation, said the woman had ingested gold, copper and brass items.
It is believed that the woman, who is undergoing psychiatric treatment, may have taken the items from her mother’s costume jewelery shop.
Her family said: “We noticed that the ornaments were disappearing. But whenever we questioned her, she started crying and revealed nothing”.
“Despite keeping an eye on her, she somehow managed to swallow all these objects. She was not well for the past two months.
“Before admitting her at the Rampurhat Government Hospital, we had taken her to various private doctors and she was on medication without any result,” the mother added.
Biswas confirmed that the patient, who is from Margram in West Bengal, is stable, and that she will soon be discharged.
In a similar case that took place last month, surgeons removed 80 objects from a man’s stomach, including coins, nail cutters, keys, a knife and even glass, after complaining of stomach ache and chronic sickness.
After carrying out a CT scan and an X-ray on the 24-year-old man, surgeons at Rabindranath Tagore Hospital in Udaipur, India, carried out the operation.
Speaking about the bizarre incident, Dr D K Sharma, head of surgery at the hospital the surgery took place, said the objects were rusted and must have been inside the man for “some time”.
The specialist said: “We investigated him by doing an upper endoscopy, CT scan and x-ray of his abdomen and intestinal area, and noticed foreign objects in his abdomen and colon.
“We surgically opened the stomach and were surprised to see various objects, ranging from coins, chillums [short clay pipes used for smoking marijuana], nail cutters, some glass objects, keys, key rings, a necklace, a hair clip, a knife blade, safety pin [and] a spectacle-neck-chord-strap.”