An allegedly mentally challenged man from India's Rajasthan has injured himself by inserting scores of needles into different parts of his body.
Doctors at a private hospital in Faridabad have so far pulled out 91 needles from the neck of 56-year-old Badrilal, a resident of Kota in Rajasthan, and they are expecting to deal with about 60 more still remaining with his body, reports The Hindu
Badrilal had pierced different parts of the body, mostly the neck area, with the needles for over a six-month period.
The man was likely suffering from a mental condition, observed experts.
“This was one of the most baffling and challenging surgeries. We are planning to submit this unique case to ‘Ripley’s Believe It or Not, and Limca Book of Records,” said Dr Lalit Mohan, director of ENT at the Asian Institute of Medical Sciences (AIMS), at a press conference on Friday.
The pins were discovered by chance when the patient underwent an X-ray imaging for a foot injury some months back.
A CT scan done on the patient later showed that he had more than 150 needles pierced in his body.
The doctors have already performed two surgeries to extract the 91 needles.
“There are still more pins left in the body. Most of them are in the deeper structures of the neck and feet, but since they are not causing any immediate life threat, surgery to remove them can be avoided for now,” said Dr. N K Pandey, CMD of AIMS.
Rajendra Meena, the patient's son, said Badrilal had been unwell for the past 10 months.
“In the last 4 months my father lost a lot of weight. He was unable to eat and was facing difficulty while talking. Now, after this surgery he is doing better,” he noted.