Surgeons in India performed a 5-hour operation to remove 40 knives from a man’s stomach. Apparently he had consumed the knives over a 2 month period. The man is recovering from the surgery and will be discharged after he clears a psychiatric evaluation. His reason for swallowing the knives: “He liked the taste of them”.
“He had a wild urge to consume metal. Even for us, the experienced surgeons, it was frightening,” Dr. Jatinder Malhotra told CNN.“We were so nervous… a small mistake could have taken the patient’s life. In my 20 years of practice, I have never seen anything like it.”
Malhotra said they found foldable knives, which when fully extended were about seven inches long.“He [the patient] says he swallowed some knives folded, and some unfolded. When we took out the knives — some were found folded, some were open, and some had even started rusting and were broken,” Malhotra said.The patient, a 42-year-old father of two, told CNN he’s feeling much better.“I’m sorry I let my family down. I’ll be forever thankful to doctors and hospital staff for saving my life,” he said.