GURDASPUR, India, Aug. 22 (UPI) -- Surgeons have removed 40 metal knives from a patient who spent two months swallowing them, according to the doctor who led the operation.
The unnamed 42-year-old man, who had an 'uncontrollable urge' to eat the knives, went to a hospital in Gurdaspur in Northern India after complaining of stomach pain and weakness. Only after a ultrasound revealed a large mass in his stomach, did the man tell doctors he had swallowed knives.
"He had a wild urge to consume metal. Even for us, the experienced surgeons, it was frightening," Dr. Jatinder Malhotra told CNN.
"We were so nervous... a small mistake could have taken the patient's life," Malhotra said. "In my 20 years of practice, I have never seen anything like it."
Malhotra said they found folded knives, unfolded knives and rusted and broken knives in the man's stomach.
"I'm sorry I let my family down," the father of two said. "I'll be forever thankful to doctors and hospital staff for saving my life."
Psychiatrists still need to clear the man before he can be released.