Doctors in India remove 40 knives from man's stomach

Amritsar August20 A man in Amritsar ate 40 knives in two months as he felt like eating them. After a series of ultrasounds and CT scans, they found the collection of folding knives, measuring seven inches at full length.

Although the man told them he had swallowed 28 knives, the five-hour surgery revealed a total of 40.

"It was a complex procedure and we had to really plan well to ensure a successful operation", he said. "I used to sit idle and started swallowing down knives", Singh said, Reuters reported.

"I don't know why I did it but there was some spiritual power behind it", the 42-year-old told AFP from Amritsar in Punjab state, declining to be named. "Even for us, the experienced surgeons, it was frightening", one doctor told CNN.

He said: "He had a wild urge to consume metal". He said in his 20 years of being a doctor, he had never seen anything like this. The patient said he had swallowed some folded, some unfolded.

5-member team located knives in body, surgery took 5 hours. In fact, some of the knives wereeven broken and had started to rust.

A team of two surgeons, two critical care physicians and an anesthetist conducted the surgery, during which they initially removed 28 knives.

The operation was a success and Singh will be released from hospital in a few days.

People who suffer from a rare eating disorder known as pica feel compelled to eat substances that contain little nutritional value, ranging from dirt to the person's own hair and even feces.

"I'm sorry I let my family down", the father of two said.

  • Angelo Rivera