(PIX11) — Surgeons in India made an exceptional find inside the stomach of a 63-year-old businessman.
The patient was admitted to a hospital after complaining of vomiting and difficult defecating, the BBC reported.
He told his doctor that after a fight with his wife, he swallowed a bottle cap and hypothesized that the tiny plastic piece was the culprit.
But when surgeons in Delhi operated on the man, they found something very different: 12 gold bars, stacked on top of each other and weighing nearly 14 ounces.
“This is the first time I have recovered gold from the stomach of a patient. I remember having taken out a bladder stone weighing 1kg from a patient. But finding gold in a patient’s stomach was something unbelievable,” Dr CS Ramachandran, a senior surgeon at Delhi’s Sir Ganga Ram Hospital, told the BBC on Saturday.
The businessman survived the “tedious” three-hour-long operation on April 9, the doctor said.
He’d undergone four stomach surgeries in the past and is a diabetic, Ramachandran told the news outlet.
The world’s largest consumer of gold, India has seen a record rise in smuggling after the government repeatedly hiked the import duty to curb demand, according to the BBC.
See photos of the recovered gold at The Daily Mail. Warning: The images are graphic and shows the patient’s stomach while undergoing the operation.