Doctors were left baffled after they had to operate on a woman’s stomach to remove jewellery and coins. (Photo: INDRANIL MUKHERJEE/AFP/Getty Images)
DOCTORS in India have removed more than 1.5 kilogram of jewellery and coins from a woman’s stomach.
Runi Khatun, 26, was hospitalised after she complained about abdominal pain and started vomiting after every meal for a week.
Scans revealed metal in her stomach, and when doctors operated on her they found 69 chains, 80 earrings, 90 coins, 11 nose rings, eight lockets, four keys, a watch dial, two silver coins and five anklets.
While most of the jewellery were made of copper and brass, some were made of gold.
Dr Siddhartha Biswas, head of the surgery department, said the patient was admitted to the Rampurhat Government Medical College and Hospital in West Bengal on July 16.
Biswas said: “The patient looked weak and emaciated at the time when she was admitted to the hospital.
“Her condition was so critical that she required at least five bottles of blood.
“She could not even intake food physically so we had to administer Total Parenteral Nutrition (TPN) to artificially inject food through her mouth.”
The operation lasted for one hour and fifteen minutes and the patient’s condition is now stable.
The patient’s mother said that she had no idea her daughter was swallowing ornaments.
She said Khatun got the coins from her brother’s shop. When questioned about their disappearance, it made her cry.