12 gold bars removed from stomach surgery

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Twelve bars of gold have been recovered from the stomach of a businessman in the Indian capital, Delhi, a surgeon treating him has said. Indians traditionally hoard gold in the belief it will bring financial security.

Doctors operating on this 63-year-old businessman literally hit a goldmine, finding as many as 12 gold biscuits weighing a total of 396 grams inside his abdomen.

The Chandni Chowk businessman had come to the private city hospital seeking surgery to remove a “foreign metal”. His family claimed he had swallowed a water bottle cap in anger.

The truth turned out to be a little more bizarre. The man had swallowed the gold biscuits, each weighing 33g, to smuggle them into the country from Singapore 10 days ago. This would be worth Rs 12 lakh in all. He even managed to elude security checks at airports.

The plan, however, got ‘stuck’ as the man could not pass the bullion through his stool. He tried everything from drinking lots of fluid to using laxatives but the biscuits stayed in the small intestine, causing pain.

Doctors who operated on the businessman said he did not eat anything for 10 days hoping the gold would come out. “When it did not, he came to us for surgery claiming that he had accidentally swallowed a water bottle cap,” a doctor said.

“If it would have stayed inside for couple of more days, it would have led to severe bleeding, rupture of the intestine, and septicemia. Moreover, he had severe diabetes,” said the doctor.

Source: Health Newstrack, India

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