Doctors in India found 1.6kg of jewellery and coins when they operated on a woman's stomach recently
26-year-old patient Runi Khatun was admitted to a government hospital in the West Bengal state of India after she complained of abdominal pains and vomiting each time she would eat.
According to The Economic Times, Runi is from a village called Margram in Birbhum district and was admitted into Rampurhat Government Medical College and Hospital on 16 July.
When the woman was admitted to the hospital her condition was very critical
According to the Head of the Surgery Department Dr Siddhartha Biswas, 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," said the doctor, adding that she would die if they operated on her, as reported by The Sun.
TPN is a method to supply nutrition by dripping them directly into the digestive system.
Once her condition stabilised, scans revealed that there was metal in her stomach
When the doctors opened her up, they were stunned to find large chunks of coins and jewellery in the stomach.
The operation lasted for nearly one hour and 15 minutes during which the surgeons removed 90 coins, 80 earrings, 69 chains, 11 nose rings, eight lockets, five anklets, four keys, a watch dial, and two silver coins from the woman's stomach.
Most of the items were made of copper and brass while some of them were gold which in total were valued at about RM270,000 and weighed 1.6kg.
According to Runi's family, they had noticed earlier that the ornaments were slowly disappearing from her brother's shop
"We have noticed that ornaments are disappearing. But whenever we questioned her, she started crying," said the patient's mother as quoted by NDTV.
"Despite keeping an eye on her, she somehow managed to swallow all these objects. She was not well for the past two months," said the mother, adding that Runi had consulted various private doctors and was on medication with no result.Dr Biswas shared that the patient is now stable and will soon be discharged, adding that she is also currently undergoing psychiatric treatment.