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Surgeons remove 12 gold bars from Indian man's stomach
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Surgeons called the three-hour operation to remove 12 gold bars from an Indian man's stomach earlier this month "tedious."

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The 63-year-old businessman visited his doctor in Delhi, saying he had swallowed a bottle cap out of anger. Instead, surgeons discovered 12 gold bars, weighing nearly a pound. India is the world's largest gold consumer, and people try to smuggle the substance into the country, because of the high duty costs.

Doctors told the BBC that authorities were questioning the businessman, and that they had taken the gold, which is pretty brave, considering.

"I remember having taken out a bladder stone weighing 1kg from a patient," Dr. CS Ramachandran, a senior surgeon at Delhi's Sir Ganga Ram Hospital, said. "But finding gold in a patient's stomach was something unbelievable."

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