A 42-year-old man in India spent two months swallowing knives and had 40 of them surgically removed from his stomach.
According to one of the doctors Dr Jatinder Malhotra, he said that the Indian man had a wild urge to consume metal saying: “He had a wild urge to consume metal. Even for us, the experienced surgeons, it was frightening. We were so nervous because a small mistake could have taken the patient’s life. In my 20 years of practice, I have never seen anything like it. He [the patient] says he swallowed some knives folded, and some unfolded. When we took out the knives, some were found folded, some were open, and some had even started rusting and were broken.”
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Speaking with CNN, the Indian man disclosed that he is sorry he let his family down and he forever remains thankful to the doctors for saving his life. He said: “I’m sorry I let my family down. I’ll be forever thankful to doctors and hospital staff for saving my life, I don’t know why I used to swallow knives. I just enjoyed its taste and I was addicted how people get addicted to alcohol and other things, my situation was similar. I will never do such acts ever again, I’m a new person now.”
The patient is currently under the continuous supervision of the hospital’s in-house psychiatric team and will soon be visited by independent mental health experts. However, the patient told doctors that he has no idea why he started eating knives but that he has always developed a taste for metal and loved the way blades tasted.