Ayperi Alekseeva an 18 year old teen from Kyrgyzstan had been on the verge of literally imploding until doctors made the life or death decision to operate on her, only to find that a 9lb pound hairball had been residing inside her stomach and blocking her digestive system. A hairball that had come to be because the teen had taken to eating her own hair off the carpet for many years….
Things first came to pass when Alekseeva’s parents brought their daughter in for treatment at the local hospital in the town of Batken, where the daughter complained of severe stomach pains as well as torrent malnutrition and constant dehydration.
Upon x-raying the girl, doctors came to find a strange blockage in the girl’s digestive system and referred her to Bishkek Hospital in the country’s capital for immediate surgery.
Offered the hospital’s senior professor of surgery, Bahadir Bebezov: ‘The parents brought her in after she started losing weight, and she couldn’t eat anything.’
‘By the time we got her, she couldn’t even drink water. We realised we needed to operate immediately.
‘It was actually the only alternative, nothing else would solve the problem.
‘In fact, her stomach was so badly swollen from hair and bits of wool from the carpet that it literally just oozed out soon as the wall of the stomach was cut.’
Adding: ‘Psychologically, apart from a habit of picking up hair from the carpet and eating it, the young girl was perfectly normal and healthy.
‘She also chewed the tips of her hair.‘
Miss Alekseeva, who is now recovering from surgery and will return home shortly, has now promised never to chew her hair in the future.