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Doctors couldn’t work out why girl was malnourished… until they pulled this hairball out of her stomach

Doctors couldn’t work out why girl was malnourished… until they pulled this hairball out of her stomach


Doctors couldn't work out why girl was malnourished... until they pulled this hairball out of her stomach
An x-ray picture that shows the massive hairball in the girl’s body (Picture: CEN)
A young girl had to have a massive ball of hair removed from her stomach after it stopped her eating.
The eight-year-old had become severely malnourished but at first doctors did not know why.
Eventually they took an x-ray of Niuniu Liang and realised her digestive system was blocked.
They pulled 2kgs of hair out of her stomach.
Her father, Ci, said: ‘We were always telling her not to chew her hair, but we didn’t have any idea that it would end up accumulating her stomach like this.
‘When the doctors pulled it out after an operation it weighed almost 2 kg. It’s no wonder she couldn’t eat anything.’
Pic shows: The huge ball of hair that was removed from a girl. nnThis huge ball of hair has been removed from a severely malnourished eight-year-old girl after her parents complained that she was no longer eating.nnMedics who examined the youngster named Niuniu Liang found that the reason that she was always sick after trying to eat was because her digestive system was blocked by hair.nnThe girl's father Cai Liang, 36, said: "We were always telling her not to chew her hair, but we didn't have any idea that it would end up accumulating her stomach like this. When the doctors pulled it out after an operation it weighed almost 2 kg. It's no wonder she couldn't eat anything."nnThe youngster was being raised by her grandparents in a village near the city of Zhoukou in central China's Henan Province while both of her parents worked out of the area for most of the year.nnHer dad raised the alarm when he returned for the Chinese New Year and noticed that his daughter was severely underweight.nnHe said: "I wanted to make sure she got some good meals but then I realised she was being sick after each meal, and my parents told me it was often a problem. That's when I took to the hospital where they discovered the foreign body in her stomach, and then identified it as a hairball when it was removed."nnDoctors who removed the hairball said the youngster had probably started chewing her hair because she was distressed at not having her parents around, and her father has now taken time off work to look after her as she recovers.nnHe said: "I am going to see if either myself or my wife can make sure we are around as she is clearly missing her parents."nnThe surgery was successful but Niuniu's will remain in hospital for observation for a period of time with her father at her bedside.nn(ends)  n
The gross mass that was pulled from the girl’s stomach (Picture: CEN)
He added: ‘I wanted to make sure she got some good meals but then I realised she was being sick after each meal, and my parents told me it was often a problem.
‘That’s when I took to the hospital where they discovered the foreign body in her stomach, and then identified it as a hairball when it was removed.’
Doctors who removed the hairball said the youngster had probably started chewing her hair because she was distressed at not having her parents around because they both work away from home.
Mr Liang added: ‘I am going to see if either myself or my wife can make sure we are around as she is clearly missing her parents.’
The surgery was successful but Niuniu’s will remain in hospital for observation for a period of time with her father at her bedside.
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