Man has hundreds of coins and needles removed from his stomach after complaining of stomach ache
A man has had hundreds of coins and needles removed from his stomach after complaining of tummy ache.
Over a three year period Rajpal Singh swallowed 140 coins, 150 needles and a handful of nuts, bolts and batteries.
The 34-year-old from Bathinda in India’s western state of Punjab went to the hospital complaining of stomach pain and surgeons were baffled when an endoscopy revealed hundreds of foreign objects in his stomach.
Rajpal said: “I used to gulp down coins and metals with fruit juice or milk. Due to family problems I had slipped into depression and got hooked onto this weird habit.
“Doctors have told me those sharp needles would have punctured my intestine and I would have eventually died. I feel much more relaxed now. I am never going to do this again.”
Dr Gandeep Goyal led a team of five doctors who operated on Rajpal for more than nine hours.
He said: “The patient came to us with severe stomach pain. When we did the endoscopy we were shocked to see so many foreign bodies, including coins and needles in his stomach.
“Though we have managed to remove most of it there are still sharp needles and coins in his stomach.
“His body is too fragile to sustain another operation now so we plan to operate again in about seven days and remove the remaining objects.”