Forty knives (I mean, sharp seven-inch knives) were successfully taken out from a man’s stomach by doctors in India. The case was considered one of a kind and even the doctors involved said that they hoped never to see anything like it again.
The incredibly risky operation was conducted recently at The Corporate Hospital in the Sikh holy city of Amritsar in northwestern India, by a team of five doctors. The man in question had apparently picked up a rather bizarre addiction to the taste of metal over a two-month period and had proceeded to consume forty knives.
The unknown man was asked why he had swallowed the sharp forty knives (seven-inch), to which he had replied that he “just felt like eating them”.
Dr. Jatinder Malhotra, managing director of the hospital told The Times of India that it was a terrible experience;
“He had a wild urge to consume metal. Even for us, the experienced surgeons, it was frightening…In my 20 years of practice, this is the most dreadful surgery I have ever seen or done.”
The patient who was revealed as a police constable first visited the hospital complaining of stomach pain. A series of ultrasounds and CT scans had shown the collection of folding knives, measuring seven inches when at full length. It is near impossible how the man managed to survive the feat of swallowing forty knives or how the doctors in India were able to remove them all successfully.
Surgery to remove the knives took two days and the doctors in India found that while most of the forty knives were still folded, a few of the weapons had rusted and broken while others were opened.
The patient who spoke to the Indian press after the operation was over has promised to change his diet saying; “I don’t know why I used to swallow knives. I just enjoyed its taste and I was addicted… how people get addicted to alcohol and other thing, my situation was similar.”
We really want to know how he managed it in the first place but we will just have to make do with his promise that “he will never do such acts ever again. I’m a new person now”. Doctors believe this desire to consume knives may have its roots in a psychological problem and have recommended that he receive treatment to that end.