Recently, there has been a case of a native Indian who had been suffering from terrible stomachaches as a result of acid reflux for 2 months. After she went to the local hospital, doctors made an absolutely surprising find.
Doctors discovered that the 51-year old had stuffed gallstones inside her body. At first, they discovered 5000 of them, and an hour later 12.000 gallstones in total were removed.
“I was astonished to see the large number of stones that we extracted from the gall bladder of this patient,” said Dr. Makhan Lala Saha, who performed the laparoscopic surgery. “I had never thought a gall bladder could contain so many stones.”
Many assistants equipped with double-layer rubber gloves had to help Dr. Saha in order to count all the tiny stones. The 12.000 stones were between 2mm and 5 mm in size.
Dr. Saha has performed many high-profile surgeries before, but he says that this one is possibly a world record – and a personal achievement for him.
“Two months ago, I had operated on a girl who had 1,110 stones, but despite the shocking number, I found that in 1983, doctors in Britain had removed 3,110 stones from a German patient’s gall bladder,” said Dr. Saha. “But I feel this number can replace the past record since the current number is three times more than the record.”