The 63-year-old businessman from Chandni Chowk was admitted to the hospital earlier this month for a surgery to remove a water bottle cap that he accidentally swallowed.

"He approached us on April 7 seeking surgery to remove a water bottle cap which he claimed he had accidentally swallowed. We got an X-ray done and it did not appear to be a cap. As the gold bars got stacked one behind the other it appeared to be a metal," said Dr C S Ramachandran, senior consulting surgeon at Sir Ganga Ram Hospital.
    
A team of doctors operated upon him on April 9 to get through the abdominal cavity and remove the foreign metal.

"We were shocked to find not one but 12 gold biscuits in his abdomen. When we asked him he was not ready to speak. We immediately sealed them in a container and handed it over to the medical superintendent," said Dr Ramachandran, adding that the patient was discharged on April 15.

The hospital authorities later informed the police and subsequently custom department officials were informed.

Dr Ramachandran said that the patient, a businessman from Chandni Chowk, was a known patient and added that he had operated upon him thrice in the past since 1989.
    
"He was operated for gall bladder removal, appendicitis and incisional hernia. He had diabetes. We were shocked when gold biscuits came out of his abdomen during the operation,” Dr Ramachandran said.

"But I am at least happy that I could save his life. If it would have stayed inside for couple of more days, it would have led to severe bleeding and rapture of the intestine and septicemia. Moreover, he had severe diabetes," he added.

According to hospital sources, the man had swallowed the 12 gold biscuits, worth approximately Rs 12 lakhs in all, to smuggle them into the country from Singapore 10 days ago. He landed in trouble when he failed to get it out through his stool. It eventually started hurting him because of which he approached the doctors.

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