Doctors remove 15lb ball of hair from teenager’s stomach

The hairball was removed during a six-hour operation (Picture:SWNS)

A teenage girl chewed her hair for so many years that eventually doctors had to operate to remove a massive hairball.

The girl, 17, ended up with a seven kilograms (15lb) ball of hair in her stomach – the weight of a five-month-old baby.

After an ultrasound, the lump was initially suspected to be a cancerous tumour.

But doctors removed the hairball instead during a six-hour operation.

Video shows doctors in Jharkhand’s Bokaro district in India operating on the girl on August 31.

A team led by Dr GN Sahu operated at a private hospital in Bokaro.

The ball of hair being removed (Picture: Newslions Media / SWNS)
Doctors initially thought it could be a tumour (Picture: Newslions Media/SWNS)

Dr Sahu said that it was the first time in his 40-year career that he had seen such a massive accumulation of hair in the abdomen.

Doctors found the girl had a habit of chewing on her hair and a lump slowly accumulated inside the abdomen and laced the entire stomach.

Sources say she is stable and was set to be released from the hospital after a preliminary observation.

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