A knife-eating man in India, spent two months swallowing knives and had 40 of them surgically removed from his stomach, CNN reports.
As learnt, the knife-eating man has an overwhelming desire to consume metal. He kept this unusual habit secret from his family.
When CNN questioned the knife-eater why he’s eating knives, he said: “I don’t know why I used to swallow knives.
I just enjoyed its taste and I was addicted (the same way) people get addicted to alcohol and other things, my situation was similar.”
Similarly, he told the doctors that removed the knives from his stomach that he only “developed a taste for metal” and “loved the way blades tasted.”
One of the doctors, Jatinder Malhotra told CNN that he has never seen anything similar in his 20 years of practice.
“He had a wild urge to consume metal. Even for us, the experienced surgeons, it was frightening. We were so nervous…a small mistake could have taken the patient’s life. In my 20 years of practice, I have never seen anything like it.”
Malhotra related that it took his team about 48 hours to form a diagnosis and surgery plan for the five-hour operation.
The doctors found 40 foldable knives which are about seven inches long when fully extended.
Malhotra said: “He says he swallowed some knives folded, and some unfolded. When we took out the knives, some were found folded, some were open, and some had even started rusting and were broken.”
To Malhotra, the patient has a very rare mental disorder that most likely, has not been published in any international medical journal.
The 42-year-old father of two, is presently under the supervision of a psychiatric team. He wouldn’t be discharged until mental health experts ascertain that he’s alright.
Nonetheless, he has promised he wouldn’t eat knives anymore.
“I will never do such acts ever again. I’m a new person now. I’m sorry I let my family down. I’ll be forever thankful to doctors and hospital staff for saving my life,” he said.