Thiruvananthapuram: Until two weeks ago, Kiran Kumar, 34, lived with a sewing needle – which had rusted over the years – lodged inside his body.
The Kerala resident was in Class 6 when he accidentally sat on the needle, which had fallen from a calendar onto the bed of his home in Malayankeezhu in the state capital.
The needle lodged in his body and he was rushed to hospital, but doctors could not find the needle at the time. As the needle did not cause any major problems at the time, Kumar and his family did not seek further medical attention.
Almost 22 years later, Kumar remembered the foreign object in his body when he felt swelling and pain in the area where the needle had pierced his body.
An x-ray shows the needle lodged in the body.
He consulted with experts at Trivandrum Medical School where an x-ray revealed the presence of the needle.
The needle was eventually removed from her body after a two-hour procedure conducted by a team of medics led by associate professor of surgery, Dr Rishikeshan Nair, who said it may have been the case on older of this type.
“It took us almost two hours to find the needle inside the body. The removal of any foreign body is a complex operation. As this is a very old case, this added to the complexity. The needle was stuck inside the muscle area and since it is a large area, it is difficult to find it. We did it with the help of a hoop machine, ”Dr Nair said.