Almeida swallowed the rolls of $100 notes in a ‘fit of rage’, according
to the surgeons who removed the cash. The woman had reportedly hidden
the cash, which was saved up for a holiday, in the couple’s home.
her partner’s infidelity she was going to use it to leave him and gulped
down the rolled-up notes whole in a bid to hide them.
The next day Ms Almeida, from Piedecuesta, northeastern Colombia, was rushed to hospital with severe abdominal pains.
She did not tell doctors about the money, but x-rays showed dozens of 3cm-long objects in her stomach and intestine.
Doctors at the
Santander University Hospital in Bucaramanga managed to save $5,700
after cleaning and drying out the notes in the operating theatre.
Juan Pablo Serrano,
chief surgeon at the hospital, said his first they thought was that Ms
Almeida was a drugs mule as the objects in the X-ray images were similar
to bags of narcotics.