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Lesson from Kerala floods : Human activities, climate change has disastrous effects on environment

  Lesson from Kerala floods : Human activities, climate change has disastrous effects on environment   Sagaya Fernando Mumbai: 19 October 2021   Overexploitation of natural resources and haphazard development by humans has led to climate change, resulting in long-lasting consequences on the environment. This is increasing health hazards and natural disasters, and more, day by day. The torrential flooding being witnessed recently in the state of Kerala in India is a prime example of this, say many experts.   This is not the first time that Kerala, a state of 34 million people, has been devastated by floods. It saw the worst floods in a century in 2018 when severe rains caused flash floods and landslides, killing nearly 500 people and leaving a million homeless. The following year, more than 125 people were killed in flash floods and landslides across the state. More than 50 were killed in August last year after landslides struck the hilly Munnar region.   The latest spell of torrential

‘Doctors in India remove 72 coins from man’s stomach’


story by Sumesh Rajan




In a bizarre case, 72 coins and four other metallic objects were surgically removed from the stomach of a 50 year old man from India, on November 30.

Krishna Somalya Sambar, a tribal hailing from Thoratpada, a hamlet in Talasari taluka of Palghar district, close to Mumbai in Maharashtra state, had frequent bouts of abdominal pain and vomiting.  

“He was referred to me for frequent abdominal pain and vomiting. After doing an x-ray, we found that some metal foreign bodies were lodged in his abdomen. We were not sure of its location, and did a gastroscopy. Then we came to know that the entire foreign body was stuck at the pylorus, the distant most part of the stomach,” said Dr. Amit Sharad Kele of Krishna Hospital, Canada Corner, Nashik.

He further added, “We removed the entire foreign body using endoscope and special equipments. In all, 76 metal bodies, including 72 coins and 4 other metallic objects were removed, without a single cut / wound to the patient. It took around three and a half hours for the entire procedure which was done under general anesthesia.”

“He is suffering from bezoar - a gastrointestinal disorder due to pica which is also called as metallophagia, a compulsive disorder of eating non-nutritional substances, for the past 20 years. This made him a habitual eater of iron and metal coins. Some got flushed out of his system in the natural course of excretion but others remained stuck in his abdomen, causing pain and vomiting,” said Dr. Kele.

He added that Sambar's condition was improving and would be discharged soon.


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