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Chi­nese wo­man is lucky to be alive af­ter build-up of stones in her gall­blad­der

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SHOCKED doc­tors at a Chi­nese hos­pi­tal re­moved more than 800 gall­stones from an el­derly wo­man in one op­er­a­tion af­ter she waited nearly two decades for treat­ment. The wo­man known only as Fan (66), from Jing­men City in China, had first been di­ag­nosed with gall­stones in 1998 – the re­sult of her love for meat and es­pe­cially por­tions con­tain­ing juicy fat.

SHOOT­ING PAIN

Her high choles­terol caused the build-up of stones in her gall­blad­der, which first caused a shoot­ing pain in her ab­domen 19 years ago.

Sur­pris­ingly, Fan re­fused doc­tors’ sugges­tions to sur­gi­cally re­move her gall­blad­der and in­stead over the years only al­le­vi­ated the symp­toms through in­jec­tions and painkillers. She also didn't change her diet.

Re­cently, how­ever, Fan’s pain reached un­bear­able lev­els and she was fi­nally con­vinced by her daugh­ter to seek ur­gent med­i­cal at­ten­tion.

OR­GAN FILLED WITH STONES

Dr Shen Zhangyi, dean of medicine at Wuhan Jingdu Hos­pi­tal in China, says he was shocked to find Fan’s gall­blad­der filled with stones. “The or­gan was filled with so many stones that it es­sen­tially could no longer func­tion,” says the doc­tor.

The doc­tors per­formed a min­i­mally in­va­sive surgery on her gall­blad­der by in­flat­ing it and re­triev­ing what turned out to be no fewer than 806 stones of dif­fer­ent sizes. The small ones were only the size of sesame seeds, while large ones were bigger than chicken eggs.

Dr Shenng says it is a “mir­a­cle” that Fan was able to re­tain her gall­blad­der. Fan is now re­cov­er­ing af­ter the surgery.

THE OR­GAN WAS FILLED WITH SO MANY STONES IT COULD NO LONGER FUNC­TION

Doc­tors have ad­vised the 66-year-old pa­tient to change her diet and life­style af­ter per­form­ing a surgery on her to re­move 806 gall­stones

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