Shillong, February 10, 2019
In a shocking incident in Shillong, a 50-year-old woman swallowed her toothbrush while brushing which was later successfully removed from her stomach without any surgery.
The patient, who hails from Lower Mawprem, had come to see Dr Issac Syiem, a Senior Surgeon in the Shillong Civil Hospital on January 25th, 2019 and narrated the whole incident. Prior to this, she had visited other doctors in the hospital, who referred the case to Dr Syiem. When she was evaluated by Dr. Syiem, he was surprised to know that the patient was in no discomfort and suffered no pain.
The X-ray reports could not detect the toothbrush in her stomach. That was when Dr Syiem suggested her to undergo endoscopy and it was then that the object was sighted in her stomach. He said, “We used an endoscope, hooked the object and successfully pulled the brush out through her mouth. No surgery was needed in the process.”
The patient was kept under observation for a few hours and was discharged on the same day i.e. January 28th, 2019.
“Even though there was no discomfort, the situation could have turned life-threatening had she not been brought in for medical aid. This was the first time that this kind of rare and unheard case was recorded in Meghalaya,” he added.