Man swallowed 122 four-inch nails, 4 pins, a toothpick and broken glass

A Man with psychiatric disorder has swallowed some strange and sharp objects which including 122 four-inch nails, four pins, a toothpick and pieces of broken glass, according to an Ethiopian surgeon that carried the surgical operation to remove them in the capital Addis Ababa at the weekend.

According to the local media, the Dawit Teare, a surgeon at St. Peter’s Specialised Hospital, said the 33-year-old patient suffers from mental disorder and had apparently consumed the items, including 122 four-inch (10 centimetre) nails, four pins, a toothpick and pieces of broken glass.

“The patient has been suffering from mental illness for the last 10 years and had stopped taking his medication two years ago, one probable reason he started consuming inanimate objects,” Dawit told AFP after the two-and-a-half-hour operation.

“I’m guessing he consumed the objects with the help of water, however he is a lucky person that those sharp objects didn’t cut his stomach. That could have led to serious infections and even death,” he said.

The surgeon said that while he had dealt with other cases in which people with mental illness had swallowed multiple sharp objects, he had never encountered a case on this scale.

Dawit added that the patient was recovering well.

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