Twelve gold bars removed from Indian man's stomach


Gold biscuits are displayed inside a jewellery showroom in the southern Indian city of Hyderabad...

Gold biscuits are displayed inside a jewellery showroom in the southern Indian city of Hyderabad April 11, 2012. REUTERS/Krishnendu Halder

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, Last Updated: 10:55 AM ET

An Indian businessman had to undergo surgery recently to have 12 gold bars removed from his stomach.

The Indian Express reports the 63-year-old man initially told doctors he had accidentally swallowed a bottle cap and was suffering from severe pain in his abdomen. But an X-ray revealed the gold bars inside the man's stomach instead.

"We were shocked to find not one, but 12, gold biscuits in his abdomen," C. S. Ramachandran, a consulting surgeon at Sir Ganga Ram Hospital in New Delhi, told the newspaper.

The man had surgery April 9, and was discharged April 15.

Police were contacted because he allegedly swallowed the gold while in Singapore 10 days before seeking medical attention to smuggle the bars into his country.

Ramachandran said the man is lucky to be alive.

"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," he said.


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