Indian doctors shocked to find 12 gold bars inside businessman’s stomach

Published: April 21, 2014

This undated handout image courtesy of the Placer Dome gold mining company, shows gold in bars.AFP FILES/AFP/Getty Images

VANCOUVER DESI

New Delhi doctors were “shocked” to find out a 63-year-old businessman complaining of abdominal pain earlier this month had 12 gold bars  inside his abdomen, Indian news publication the Press Trust of India reported.

According to PTI, the man visited the hospital seeking surgery to remove a water bottle cap he claimed to have swallowed, but after doctors conducted an X-ray, they found a dozen gold bars, each weighing 33 grams, in his stomach.

“He approached us on April 7 seeking surgery to remove a water bottle cap which he claimed he had accidentally swallowed,”  Dr C S Ramachandran told the Indian news agency. “We got an X-ray done and it didn’t appear to be a cap. As the gold bars got stacked one behind the other it appeared to be a metal.”

“We were shocked to find not one but 12 gold biscuits in his abdomen.”

Doctors operated on the man April 9 and discharged him less than a week later.

“When we asked him he was not ready to speak. We immediately sealed them in a container and handed it over to the medical superintendent,” said Ramachandran, adding that police and custom department officials were also notified.

According to PTI, the man swallowed the gold bars – worth about $22,000 – in an attempt to smuggle them into India from Singapore, but when he landed he was unable to get the bars through his stool and he was forced to see a doctor.

“I am at least happy that I could save his life,” the doctor said. “If it would have stayed inside for couple of more days, it would have led to severe bleeding and rapture of the intestine and septicemia. Moreover, he had severe diabetes.”

 


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