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In Photo: The stones and the gall bladder removed from Komal Bajaj. Photo courtesy: Dr M Saha.

By A Newsman

Kolkata, 08 September: ONE, two, three, four… no, a counting at this pace will not be enough to calculate the huge number of stones that the doctors at Kolkata’s SSKM Hospital have removed from a patient’s gall bladder!

During a surgery on Monday, the SSKM doctors removed 1,110 stones from the gall bladder of a 20-year old girl, who had been suffering from abdominal pain for the past one month.

According to Dr Makhanlal Saha, Komal Bajaj was admitted to the KPC Medical College and Hospital in Jadavpur in south Kolkata about a month ago. From there she was referred to the government-owned SSKM Hospital last week.

“During an ultrasound scan we spotted stones in her gall bladder and decided to perform a surgery. But when we operated upon her on Monday, we were surprised to find the huge number of yellowish stones in her gall bladder,” Dr Saha said, who led the four member team of doctors that performed the surgery. The other three doctors are Dr Soumen Das, Dr Prakash Bhagat and Dr Harish Kela.

Following the surgery, Komal, a resident of Alipore in Kolkata and studying B.Com second year at the New Alipore College, is now recuperating at the SSKM. “She is doing fine and we will release her in next three-four days,” Dr Saha said on Tuesday night.

According to him, this is the highest number of gall bladder stones found in a patient in Bengal in the recent memory. “Till now, the highest number of gall bladder stone removed from a patient was 360 and that case too was handled by us at SSKM Hospital.”