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Ingesting Hair – 1.6 kg of it!

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Hair, is often a defining symbol of a person’s identity. Many stories have be written with hairs playing a central role; Rapunzel being the most prominent of them.

But this same hair at times can prove fatal, as happens in rare cases where a person, starts ingesting hair. 

“Such instances happen rarely, but the case is extremely strange” says a leading doctor. It becomes all the more so when the quantity of hair removed from the stomach weighs more than 1 kg.

This is the story of a young lady, residing in Mumbai from whose stomach a hairball measuring 21 cm by 21 cm, weighing 1.6 kg was removed by a team of determined surgeons.

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Doctors say that most cases of trichobezoars are the result of psychological problems, which could include depression, anxiety or obsessive compulsive disorder.

Therefore, as the father of the victim put it, “A gentle reprimand once a while” is not necessarily enough to prevent a shock post operation

It is best that such habits be stopped at the earliest – to prevent non-necessary visits to the hospital.

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The simple joy of food!

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I heard it once again on FM– the show ‘kya baat kar rahe ho?’ a girl had to wait for 12 years to open her mouth.
 
No doubt, that this had been a pretty rare case, but to hear it again and again through different mediums, just tells us what we as humans are capable of achieving.
 
The girl is 14 now. She is more than happy as she can eat (read: chew) whatever she likes. Ness, a Nigerian had flown down to Mumbai with a disorder called Mandibular Joint dysfunction.
 
It was an accident that led to such complication. When Ness was 2 yrs old she had fallen and got a jerk in her jaw which was not visible or painful at that time. But slowly with her age, her mouth opening became smaller and one fine day Ness stopped eating solid food.
 
This created a lot of worries in her family, seeing that a child could not even consume basic solid food. It made them run here and there, in search of a solution so that Ness could leave a normal life & enjoy the simple pleasures of life. Eating food was one of her top priorities.
 
 
Thankfully, Ness and her family found a very good maxillofacial surgeon in Mumbai who specialized in treating such kind of defects. Over a period of time, with all the facilities & equipment’s made available, the surgery was successfully performed.
 
Finally after a long wait of 12 years, she was able to open her mouth and enjoy her long outstanding desire – that to have good solid food!