12:08 GMT15 August 2020
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    New Delhi (Sputnik): The man was taken to Delhi's top hospital by family members after he reported having a fever and abdominal pain. He was also given psychiatric treatment during his hospital stay. He had developed pus in his lungs and liver, which was removed by a radiologist prior to surgery.

    A male drug addict in India lived with a knife lodged in his liver for over a month after swallowing it with a bowl of water. He was reportedly mentally unstable.

    During a three-hour-long operation, a team of doctors at Delhi’s premier AIIMS hospital successfully performed a challenging surgery to safely extract the sharp knife from his liver.


    Warning: The video is extremely graphic and may offend sensibilities

    The 28-year-old man from Haryana state’s Palwal city was a drug addict. He swallowed a 20cm knife after not getting his daily dose of drugs due to the COVID-19 lockdown restrictions.

    Doctors at the Department of Gastroenterology at Delhi’s AIIMS called it the first such incident at the hospital where a person had swallowed a whole knife and survived for one-and-a-half months with it.

    ​"When we saw the X-ray we were shocked; there was a big knife. That's when he told us what had happened", Dr N.R. Das, who led the team of the doctors in the life-saving surgery, said.

    He stated that the knife was dangerously lodged in the liver, close to the bile duct, as well as the main blood-circulating artery and vein.

    Any mistake during the surgery could have led to the patient bleeding to death, added Dr Das.



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