When we say malnourished, the first thing that comes to our mind are those people who live in poverty, especially those children who didn’t have much to eat.
But an eight-year-old girl in China almost died for being severely malnourished for an uncertain reason. Niuniu Liang, 8, lived in a village near the city of Zhoukou, Henan Province in central China with her grandparents. She was raised by them, while her parents worked from afar for most of the year.
When her father Cai Liang, 36, went home for the Chinese New Year, he noticed that Niuniu was severely skinny. He said, “I wanted to make sure she got some good meals but then I realized she was being sick after each meal, and my parents told me it was often a problem.”
Cai Liang brought his daughter to the hospital where she was examined and X-rayed.
Shockingly X-ray shows a massive foreign body in Niuniu Liang’ stomach, leaving little room for food.
Immediately she was operated to remove the enormous thing in her tummy…
Doctors were stunned when they discovered the thing inside was a massive hairball blocking her digestive system and it weighs 2 kilograms.
The girl’s father Cai Liang, 36, said, “We were always telling her not to chew her hair, but we didn’t have any idea that it would end up accumulating her stomach like this.”
According to the doctors, “She probably started chewing her hair because she was distressed at not having her parents around.”
Niuniu’s father took the time off from work to look after her as she recovers. “I am going to see if either myself or my wife can make sure we are around as she is clearly missing her parents,” Cai Liang said.
The surgery was successful but Niuniu will remain in the hospital for observation for a period of time with her father at her bedside.
Surprisingly, an 18-year-old teenager from Kyrgyzstan suffers the same fate like to that 8-year-old girl from China.
Ayperi Alekseeva has been picking up hair from the carpet and eating it for years. She also chewed the tips of her hair. Then she started losing weight and couldn’t eat anything. She was brought to the hospital by her parents after complaining of severe stomach pains.
She went through x-ray and doctors found out that something is blocking her digestive system, referring her for immediate surgery.
The doctors were speechless to what they have witnessed and removed from Miss Alekseeva stomach, an enormous hairball weighing almost 9lb (4kg).
According to Bahadir Bebezov, the hospital’s senior professor of surgery, “By the time we got her, she couldn’t even drink water. We realized 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.”
“Psychologically, apart from a habit of picking up hair from the carpet and eating it, the young girl was perfectly normal and healthy.” They also added that despite searching through 50 years of medical records, they could find no evidence of such a large hairball” he added:.
Ayperi Alekseeva is now recovering from the surgery and made an ultimate promised never to chew her hair ever again!
I really don’t know how they manage to chew those hairs. A piece of an eyelash when accidentally enters the mouth is already so irritating but hairball? Totally mind-boggling!