(Minews) - Twelve gold bars weighing nearly a pound and worth US$23,000 were found inside the stomach of an Indian businessman who tried smuggling the precious metal into the country from Singapore.
According to The Indian Express the 63-year-old man visited a hospital in New Delhi earlier this month, saying he had swallowed the cap of a water bottle and wanted it removed.
Doctors soon operated after he repeatedly vomited and complained of sharp abdominal pain, and later found the bars.
We were shocked when gold biscuits came out of his abdomen during the operation,” the surgeon told the newspaper. “But I am at least happy that I could save his life. If it had stayed inside for couple of more days, it would have led to severe bleeding and rupture of the intestine and septicaemia. Moreover, he had severe diabetes.”