Doctors Find Pound of Gold in Patient's Stomach
Smuggler in India swallowed 12 small bars, then didn't feel well
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Apr 19, 2014 11:11 AM CDT

(Newser) – The patient exhibited symptoms of "acute intestinal obstruction." And it turns out they were caused by something he ate. Pretty routine stuff, until doctors in India discovered that what he had eaten was a pound of gold, reports the BBC. The 63-year-old businessman is believed to have swallowed 12 small gold bars while in Singapore so he could smuggle them into India, reports the AAP. That part worked fine, but the bars got lodged in his small intestine, and no amount of laxatives would budge them. That's when he went to see a doctor.

"This is the first time I have recovered gold from the stomach of a patient," says a surgeon at a New Delhi hospital. "It was a tedious three-hour-long operation. He is an old patient and we had to be careful. We found 12 gold bars lying in a stack in his stomach." The gold was worth about $20,000, but customs officials have confiscated it all. Gold smuggling is on the rise in India thanks to recent tax hike on imports, and this guy isn't the only one to get creative.

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C Love
Apr 23, 2014 9:11 PM CDT
Why not melt it and form it in mold of one of there false gods and paint it or just leave it gold and claim it is a family religious item.
Ezekiel 25:17
Apr 22, 2014 4:13 PM CDT
Why doesn't he simply watch, "Goldfinger" and take a cue from that movie.
Apr 21, 2014 11:07 AM CDT
I'm not going to comment about the gold because I'm sure all of the other replies here will cover that topic perfectly. No, there was something else that jumped out at me about this story. I am a bit irritated at the surgeon's characterization of this patient. First of all, the story states the patient was a "63-year-old businessman." But then, it states that Dr. CS Ramachandran, the surgeon, said, ""He is an old patient and we had to be careful." Now, I am at least a decade younger than this patient. But 63 years old is NOT an "old patient." Eighty-three years old is an "old patient." Who knows, maybe 63 is old in New Delhi. But even if it is, it is in very poor taste – not to mention very unprofessional – for the surgeon to characterize the patient as being and "old patient" in the media for the world to hear and read.