Last gold pellet comes out, naturally

A gold pellet stuck in the small intestine of Shashidharan, the Kasargod resident who had swallowed 30 such pellets and smuggled them successfully on a Dubai-Mangalore flight on January 31, passed out of his stools on Sunday morning. 

Sources in the Kasturba Medical College Hospital in Mangalore told Deccan Herald that now there was no need to operate on Shashidharan’s stomach. 

Doctors had successfully removed 29 pellets on Friday through Upper Gastro Intestinal Endoscopy after their attempts to retrieve them through colonoscopy and enema failed on Thursday. 

The last pellet, however, remained stuck although Shashidharan consumed a lot of food with fibre content on Saturday. Sources in the customs at the Mangalore International Airport said Shashidharan had managed to give them a slip as metal detectors do not detect any metal inside the body. 

Shashidharan will not be arrested as he did not smuggle gold worth over Rs 20 lakh. The half-a-kg he smuggled is worth only Rs 13 lakh or 430 gm.

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