Bizarre though it may sound, an 18-year-old boy has been found to be carrying three-inch-long iron nails, sewing machine needles and a screwdriver in his stomach.
Karan, 18, a resident of the Bhatwa village in Unnao, complained of severe stomach pain and was brought to a medical facility on the Lucknow-Kanpur highway on Sunday.
After a scan, the doctors detected foreign bodies in the stomach.
A three-hour-long surgery was performed on Monday during which the doctors found sharp-edged iron tools, 30 three-inch iron nails, a rough-edged tool, a four-inch-long iron rod, four sewing machine needle threaders and a screwdriver in his stomach.
The patient’s father, Kamlesh, told doctors that Karan was “mentally disturbed" and they did not know how and when he swallowed so many tools.
Radha Raman Awasthi, a senior doctor at the private hospital in the Shuklaganj area of Unnao, said that the operation was successful.
“The patient appears to be mentally ill, but is recuperating. He did not respond to our queries on how iron tools entered his stomach. There is a chance of him contracting sepsis, so the next seven days would be crucial. We are monitoring his condition round the-clock," he said.
In another bizarre incident that took place earlier, a 25-year-old woman in Australia discovered that she had tapeworm larvae in her brain after suffering from a headache that lasted for more than a week.
The aches were caused by tapeworm larvae that had taken up space in her brain, according to a new study on her case by The American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene published on September 21.
The woman, who never travelled overseas, is the first native case of the disease in Australia, the study said. Previous Australian cases of this infection were from immigrants or returning residents who travelled to regions where the disease is endemic to, such as Africa, Asia, and Latin America.
(With inputs from IANS and CNN)