How did 12 GOLD BARS get into a busi­ness­man’s stomach?

...Surgeons are baf­fled by the find

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This is the first time I have re­cov­ered gold from the stomach of a pa­tient. It was a te­dious three-hour-oper­a­tion

Surgeons were left stunned af­ter find­ing 12 GOLD BARS in the stomach of a busi­ness­man. The 63-year-old had been ad­mit­ted to hospi­tal af­ter vom­it­ing and hav­ing dif­fi­culty go­ing to the toi­let.

He said the rea­son for this was be­cause he swal­lowed a bot­tle cap af­ter ar­gu­ing with his wife.

But when surgeons opened him up they found 12 bars of gold weigh­ing 400g (14oz).

Doc­tors told the BBC that po­lice and cus­toms au­thor­i­ties swooped on the hospi­tal ward and con­fis­cated the loot.

The In­dian govern­ment last year tre­bled the im­port duty on gold to con­trol de­mand for the valu­able metal.

Sir Ganga Ram Hospi­tal sur­geon Dr CS Ra­machan­dran was stunned at the find.

He said: “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.

“It was a te­dious three-hour­long oper­a­tion.

“He is an old pa­tient and we had to be care­ful. We found 12 gold bars ly­ing in a stack in his stomach.”

Based on to­day’s gold prices, each bar would be worth nearly N312,000

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