Doctors remove 116 iron nails from gardener’s stomach

FPJ BureauUpdated: Wednesday, May 29, 2019, 08:09 PM IST
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Jaipur: The surgeons at the Bundi government hospital removed 116 iron nails, some measuring as long as 6.5 cm from a person’s stomach who had come to the hospital with the complaint of stomach ache. Apart from the nails, the surgeons who operated on the patient Bhola Shankar, a gardner, also found an iron pellet.

Dr Anil Saini, a surgeon at the hospital, who performed the surgery said it took an hour-and-a-half to remove the objects from the man’s body as there were more than a hundred nails of various sizes lying in the stomach wall. It was a typical case as the patient complained of severe pain in his stomach. I asked him to go for an X-Ray where it was found he has some metal objects in his stomach.

I was stunned after noticing the objects in his X-ray report after which I recommended for a CT scan. That too confirmed the same after which the patient was operated on Monday, said Dr Saini. The patient, identified as Bhola Shankar, had come for a medical check-up on Sunday following pain in the stomach for the last few days.

The patient’s condition is normal and he was speaking properly post operation, Dr Saini further said. “However, he is not being able to narrate as to how he happened to swallow such a huge quantity of nails. The iron nails could have proved fatal if any of these had entered his intestine, the doctor added.

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