A team of doctors today removed about 1.8 kg of hair from the stomach of a 19-year old girl after an open surgery at a government hospital.
Dr Parvinder Singh Lubana of Maharaja Yeshwantrao Hospital led a team of gastro-surgeons in conducting the operation.
Dr Lubana claimed that it was a rare case in which such a heavy chunk of hair wrapped around a chalk or stone kind of matter was stuck in between the stomach and duodenum (part of the small intestine).
However, the ball of hair was removed successfully, he added.
The girl, from Rajgarh in Madhya Pradesh, apparently had the habit of eating her hair and chalk in the class room, and developed intestinal obstruction leading to no intake of food and water for the last couple of days, said Dr Amit Agarwal, one of the surgeons in the team.