Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Nine Pound Hairball Removed From Girl's Stomach

Think your cat's hairballs are bad?

"Ayperi Alekseeva, 18, was admitted to hospital after being unable to eat or drink, before doctors decided to operate.

When doctors realised there was a blockage they performed emergency surgery - and removed a hairball weighing almost 4kg (8.8lbs).

Doctors said the girl - who had a habit of chewing the tips of her hair, and eating hair she picked up from the carpet - would have died if she hadn’t had the operation."

"Professor Bebezov said: 'The parents brought her in after she started losing weight, and she couldn't eat anything. By the time we got her she could not even drink water. We realised we needed to operate immediately.

'It was actually the only alternative, nothing else would solve the problem. In fact her stomach was so badly swollen from hair and bits of wool from the carpet that it literally just oozed out soon as the wall of the stomach was cut."

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