Doctors recovered 187 coins when they performed surgery on a patient suffering from vomiting and abdominal discomfort.
Doctors at Hanagal Shree Kumareshwar Hospital and Research Centre in Bagalkot say that they recovered 187 coins from the stomach of a patient on Sunday who was admitted here following complaints of vomiting and abdominal discomfort.
“He was suffering from a psychiatric disorder and had been swallowing coins for the last 2–3 months. He came to the hospital complaining of vomiting and abdominal discomfort,” said Dr Eshwar Kalaburgi, one of the doctors who performed the surgery.
After he complained of stomach ache, his relatives rushed him to Hangal Sri Kumareshwar Hospital.
The doctors carried out his X-ray and performed an endoscopy, said the doctor, adding, the patient had swallowed a total of 187 coins. 56 coins of Rs 5, 51 of Rs 2, and 80 of Rs 1.
Harijan had swallowed coins of various denominations weighing a total of 1.5 kilogram over a period of two to three months, said the doctor.
The man identified as Dyamappa Harijan is a resident of Lingsugur town.
The patient was suffering from schizophrenia, a psychiatric illness, said one of the doctors attending on him, requesting anonymity.
“The stomach was dilated enormously and lots of coins were stuck in different places of the stomach. After two hours of surgery, we retrieved all the coins. Following the operation, he was treated for water deficiency and other minor issues. The patient is stable and is talking as of now,” Dr Eshwar Kalaburgi said.
“As he was suffering from schizophrenia, in this condition, the patients are unaware of what they are doing. These are rare cases. It›s a first-of-a-kind case for me in my 40 years of service,” Dr Eshwar Kalaburgi added.