A 15-year-old mentally challenged girl was diagnosed with a rare disease, trichobezoar, and operated at the civic-run Chhatrapati Shivaji Memorial hospital in Kalwa, Mumbai.
Sarika Barde, a resident of Shahapur in Thane, used to eat strands of hair and paper for the last few years and it formed as a 2.5kg mass.
Her parents were aware of the habit but did not realize the ill effects till she started complaining of a stomach ache recently.
The family initially consulted doctors at Shahapur, following which they approached the civic-run hospital. The doctors performed various tests on her, and after diagnosing the condition, decided to operate on her.
"The patient was brought here following complaints of loss of appetite and weight, and abdominal distension. During investigations, she was diagnosed with the rare disease. In this condition, a bunch of hair is formed and collected in the stomach," said Dr Sukesh Thakur.
The three-hour operation was performed and the doctors made a three-inch incision on her stomach and removed the lump from her stomach.
"It was not an easy task removing the huge ball of hair through the incision. It was a unique operation," said Dr Thakur.