A 42-year-old man recently underwent a five-hour surgery in Amritsar, India, after his “wild urge to consume metal” led him to swallowing 40 folding knives.
Surjeet Singh complained of piercing stomach pain, and a CT scan showed what he hid from doctors: a belly full of knives. Singh told the physicians he was “addicted” to knives. Apparently the man, who has been identified by the Times of India as a police head constable, claimed to “enjoy its taste.”
Doctors working on this man’s case spent around two days planning on how to go about the operation. Since there were a large number of knives in the patient’s stomach, they had to have an extremely careful surgical plan to avoid further trauma. Surgeons even pulled a tabletop full of blades from Singh, with some open and others closed, rusted and even broken.
“In my 20 years of practice, I have never seen anything like it. He had a wild urge to consume metal. Even for us, the experienced surgeons, it was frightening,” Dr. Jatinder Malhotra, who led the surgery, told CNN.
The man will be given psychiatric help once he recovers from the operation.
It is not certain what condition this man suffers from, and why he feels the compulsion to consume knives. However, he is not alone. People with an appetite for inedible items are known to suffer from pica. They usually tend to consume substances such as paint, stones, metal and earth.
Just a few months ago a woman in China became extremely popular on social media after videos of her habit of eating light bulbs and insects went viral online. Apparently her hobby is to “eat things other people can’t.”
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