April 20, 2014 11:06 pm -

The 63-year-old Indian businessman said he’d swallowed a bottle cap, but that’s not what the doctors found.

During surgery to remove the nonexistent bottle cap, doctors at Sir Ganga Ram Hospital instead found 12 small bars of gold, weighing nearly a pound and worth about $23,000.

Dr. CS Ramachandran, who performed the surgery, was incredulous. He told the BBC,

This is the first time I have recovered gold from the stomach of a patient. I remember having taken out a bladder stone weighing 1kg from a patient. But finding gold in a patient’s stomach was something unbelievable.

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