China: Woman Who Doesn’t Like Drinking Water Found With 7,750 Gallbladder Stones

A 54-year-old woman who doesn’t like drinking water or having breakfast, has been found to have 7,750 stones in her gallbladder. Some of the stones were as large as quail eggs, and many of them were about the size of mung beans, and it was learnt that the three-hour operation to remove them recently took place at the Wuhan Jingdu Stone Hospital in Wuhan, the capital of central China’s Hubei Province.

The woman who ‘doesn’t like drinking water’ and found to have 7,750 gallbladder stones, was known as Ms He, recently went to the hospital after suffering from ‘unbearable’ pain in her abdomen. She had been found to have ‘several’ gallstones seven years ago, but could not undergo surgery due to high blood pressure. However she got quite shocked after she discovered that the number of her gallstones, had increased rapidly to thousands.  ‘I didn’t know I should have had so many stones,’ the woman told a reporter from Hubei TV Station.

Shen Zhangyi, the director of the hospital who conducted the surgery, said he had never seen so many stones in one patient.  He said the stones could have led to life-threatening complications in Ms He. The surgeon explained that if the smaller stones had gone into Ms He’s bile duct, she might develop serious conditions such as jaundice and acute pancreatitis. Gallstones, formed in the gallbladder, are tiny crystals usually made of cholesterol.

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