13 nails and five nee­dles sur­gi­cally re­moved

The Scotsman - - International - BHaratHa MaLLaWaraCHI IN COLOMBO

Doc­tors have re­moved 13 nails and five nee­dles from a sri Lankan maid who claimed the cou­ple she worked for in saudi Ara­bia ham­mered them into her.

LG Ariyawathi, hos­pi­talised with se­vere pain af­ter re­turn­ing on satur­day from saudi Ara­bia where she took up a job in March, said the fam­ily she worked for pun­ished her by heat­ing nails and nee­dles then stick­ing them into her.

X-rays showed she had 24 nails and nee­dles in her body, said Dr Keerthi satha­ras­inghe of Kam­bu­rupi­tiya hos­pi­tal, 100 miles from the cap­i­tal, colombo.

the nails ranged in length from one to two inches while the nee­dles were about an inch long. they were re­moved from her legs and fore­head.

“the surgery is suc­cess­ful and she is re­cov­er­ing now,” Dr satha­ras­inghe said af­ter the three-hour pro­ce­dure.

He said six more nee­dles in her hands could not be re­moved be­cause the op­er­a­tion might dam­age her nerves and ar­ter­ies.

Ms Ariyawathi, 49, said of her em­ploy­ers: “they did not al­low me even to rest. the woman at the house had heated the nails and then the man in­serted them into my body”.

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