For a week, this 22-year-old woman from Margram in West Bengal, India, had been suffering from abdominal pain and was throwing up after every meal. On July 16, she was rushed to Rampurhat Government Medical College and Hospital and was confined there.
Unilad, a British Internet media company and website owned by LADbible Group, reported that the doctors saw metal in the woman’s stomach through sonography and X-rays. During this time, she was so ‘weak and emaciated’ that the doctors decided not to operate on her immediately. Her condition was so critical that she was required at least five bottles of blood. The hospital had to administer Total Parenteral Nutrition (TPN) in her to artificially inject food through her mouth. Dr. Siddhartha Biswas, head of the surgery department who led the operation, said the patient has slowly stabilized and was able to be operated on within a week
|The jewel inside the woman's stomach / Photo by: The Sun|
But when the operation, which lasted for approximately one hour and 15 minutes, finally happened, they were shocked to see what’s causing the woman’s stomach. The doctors found a whooping 1.6kg hoarded golden metal jewelry, trinkets, money, and a watch. According to an article by The Sun, a UK tabloid newspaper, inside the woman’s stomach are 90 coins, 80 earrings, 69 chains, 11 nose rings, eight lockets, five anklets, four keys, and two silver coins. It was believed that the items were taken from her brother’s costume jewelry shop.
|The jewels being removed / Photo by: SWNS via Unilad|
According to her family, the woman is currently undergoing psychiatric treatment. They noticed that items were disappearing from the shop. When the woman was confronted, she broke down crying and denied everything when asked about it. This condition is identified as pica syndrome. According to the National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA), this eating disorder involves eating items that are not typically thought of as food and that do not contain significant nutritional value.
|Doctors showing the number of jewels removed / Photo by: SWNS via Unilad|