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Doctors remove 9 pounds of hair from 18-year-old woman’s stomach after being unable to eat or drink (video)

By Mason White 12:32 PM October 2, 2014
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By: Anika Rao
(Scroll down for video) An 18-year-old woman of Kyrgyzstan, was rushed into surgery after being unable to eat or drink.

Doctors were shocked to find 9 pounds of hair stuck in the woman’s stomach.

Ayperi Alekseeva spent years eating carpet and hair.

Without emergency surgery, the woman, who was severely dehydrated and malnourished, almost certainly would have died.

Despite looking through 50 years of medical records, they could not find evidence of such a large amount of hair inside a stomach.

Alekseeva was brought to a hospital in the city of Batken, by her parents after complaining of severe stomach pains. After taking x-rays, doctors realized that she had a blockage and sent her to a hospital in Bishkek for surgery.

The woman’s stomach was so swollen with hair and bits of wool carpet, that it sprang up the moment her stomach wall was cut.

Alekseeva, who is now recovering from surgery, will return home soon. She promised never to chew on her hair.