CNN reports that a man in India spent two months swallowing knives and had 40 of them
surgically removed from his stomach, according to the doctor who led the
operation. Dr. Jatinder Malhotra told CNN.
“He had a wild urge
to consume metal. Even for us, the experienced surgeons, it was
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.”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.
“I’m sorry I let my family down. I’ll be forever thankful to doctors and hospital staff for saving my life,”I
don’t know why I used to swallow knives,” the patient told CNN. “I just
enjoyed its taste and I was addicted … how people get addicted to
alcohol and other things, my situation was similar.”“I will never do such acts ever again,” the patient said. “I’m a new person now.”
won’t be discharged until he’s cleared by psychiatrists, which is set
to happen in a couple of days, two doctors at the hospital told CNN.
believes the patient has a very rare mental disorder that most likely
has not been published in any international medical journal.
patient is currently under the continuous supervision of the hospital’s
in-house psychiatric team and will soon be visited by independent
mental health experts, doctors said.
patient told doctors that he has no idea why he started eating knives
but that he “developed a taste for metal” and “loved the way blades