A team of doctors has successfully operated upon a 50-year-old tribal man hailing from Maharashtra's Palghar district to remove 72 coins that he had swallowed over a long period of time.
The man, Krishna Somalya Sambar is a resident of Thoratpada in Talasari taluka of Palghar
Dr Amit Kele, who led the team of doctors that operated on Sambar, said that Sambar was suffering from a rare case of metallophagia, an impulse to swallow metallic objects.
"He is suffering from 'bezoar'- a gastrointestinal disorder- and 'pica'- a compulsive disorder of eating non-nutritional substances- for the past 20 years. This made him a habitual eater of iron and metal coins. Some got flushed out of his system in the natural course of excretion but others remained," said Kele.
This was causing Sambar problems like vomiting and indigestion.
When Sambar approached the doctors on Thursday and explained his problems they conducted an X-ray which revealed the real cause of his illness and surgery was performed.