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Kazakhstan: Doctors remove massive hairball from 12 y/o girl's stomach

Kazakhstan, Taraz
February 24, 2020 at 20:36 GMT +00:00 · Published

Doctors at the regional hospital in Kazakh Taraz removed a massive hairball from a 12 year old girl in an operation on Saturday.

Footage from the operation shows the giant clump, which weighed a kilogramme (2,2 pounds) and was 40 centimetres (15 inches) long, being removed from the girl's stomach.

Before the operation the girl had complained of “stomach pain, weight loss and loss of appetite,” as the head of operation unit in children's hospital Maulim Kenzhaly explained.

“How did the hair end up there? you can say it is a habit. As some people biting nails, others eat chalk or even earth. While some people eat their hair,” Kenzhaly concluded.

Kenzhaly also added that during the operation there were “no complications,” adding that “nothing threatens the child’s life now.”

"Rapunzel Syndrome" is a rare syndrome that can affect people who consume their own hair, which was named after the long-haired girl Rapunzel in the Brothers Grimm fairy tale.

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Doctors at the regional hospital in Kazakh Taraz removed a massive hairball from a 12 year old girl in an operation on Saturday.

Footage from the operation shows the giant clump, which weighed a kilogramme (2,2 pounds) and was 40 centimetres (15 inches) long, being removed from the girl's stomach.

Before the operation the girl had complained of “stomach pain, weight loss and loss of appetite,” as the head of operation unit in children's hospital Maulim Kenzhaly explained.

“How did the hair end up there? you can say it is a habit. As some people biting nails, others eat chalk or even earth. While some people eat their hair,” Kenzhaly concluded.

Kenzhaly also added that during the operation there were “no complications,” adding that “nothing threatens the child’s life now.”

"Rapunzel Syndrome" is a rare syndrome that can affect people who consume their own hair, which was named after the long-haired girl Rapunzel in the Brothers Grimm fairy tale.

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