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India’s Mathemagician multiplies numbers at lightning speed

Sagaya Fernando Mumbai: 2 December 2020 Born into an average Indian family in the state of Kerala 30 years ago, Vivek Raj never thought that he would become a Math’s wizard one day, and bag awards for doing the fastest mental calculations with ease. Vivek, a resident of Arattuvazhy village in Alappuzha district of Kerala, who now conducts shows titled ‘Mathemagics’ for young students, got hooked to calculations when his father Raphael P C (a school teacher then) gifted him a simple calculator when he turned 13 years of age and was in Class VII. The turning point in his life came when his Class XII English teacher Fr. Titus Chullickal asked his students what came into their mind thinking of number 7. While some of the students replied about the seven wonders of the world, the seven colours of the rainbow and the seven continents, Vivek multiplied the number seven by itself several times and reached a 11-digit number in a matter of seconds.   (7x7=49x7=343x7=2,401x7=16,807x7=1,17

Man swallows 19-cm long toothbrush, doctors pull it out from his stomach

 Man swallows 19-cm long toothbrush, doctors pull it out from his stomach

 

Sagaya Fernando

Mumbai: 22 September 2020 


 

The habit of using a toothbrush to clean the throat proved too dangerous for a man in India when he inadvertently swallowed the whole brush. Luckily for him, doctors removed the 19 centimetres (7.5 inches) long brush – which had entered his stomach – within 24 hours and saved his life.

 

The 49-year-old man (name withheld to protect identity) from the small town of Roing in the North-eastern state of Arunachal Pradesh, India, was as his routine after brushing the teeth was cleaning his throat with the toothbrush on September 15 morning when it accidentally slipped past his food pipe.

 

The frightened man rushed to a nearby private clinic where he was asked to go to a hospital at Pasighat, located around 108 kilometres away (two and a half hours drive away) from Roing. The doctors there referred him to the state run Bakin Pertin General Hospital (BPGH).

 

At BPGH, Ear Nose Throat (ENT) specialist Dr Bolut Taki carried out esophagoscopy, x-ray and blood test, but could not locate the toothbrush.

 

“The patient was taken to a private hospital in Pasighat at around 1 pm on September 15 from there he was referred to our hospital. The ENT surgeon of our hospital investigated the patient and planned to conduct an esophagoscopy, while I checked the patient at around 6 pm. The esophagoscopy procedure was conducted on September 16 morning, but the toothbrush couldn’t be found in the oesophagus – the muscular tube connecting the pharynx (throat) with the stomach. This meant that the toothbrush had entered into the stomach,” said senior surgeon Dr Bomni Tayeng at BPGH.

 

Dr Tayeng said that the patient was not feeling any pain after ingesting the toothbrush and was experiencing only minor discomfort in his upper abdomen.

 

“As the toothbrush couldn’t be detected in the x-ray, I then decided to conduct an exploratory laparotomy process under general anaesthesia in the same sitting. The brush could be easily felt in the stomach and was removed through a small incision in the stomach. This procedure took only about 30 minutes,” informed Dr Tayeng.

 

He further added, “The very next day (September 17) he started taking oral fluids, and had an uneventful recovery. He was discharged on September 21.” 




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