India skull man pulls huge crowds

By | July 6, 2006

India skull man pulls huge crowds

Hundreds of people have flocked to a hospital in the Indian city of Calcutta to see a man holding a sizeable chunk of his head in his hands. Doctors say a section of electrician Sambhu Roy’s skull fell off on Sunday, months after he suffered severe burns. …
Mr Roy got an electric shock while repairing a high voltage wire last October. The doctor who treated him insists that his patient underwent an extremely rare medical phenomenon.

“When he came to us late last year, his scalp was completely burnt and within months it came off, exposing the skull,” surgeon Ratan Lal Bandyopadhyay told Reuters. “Later, we noticed that the part of his skull was loosening due to lack of blood supply to the affected area, which can happen in such extensive burn cases.”

… “When the skull came off, I thought he will die,” the doctor told Reuters, “but we noticed a new covering on his head forming and that might have pushed the ‘dead skull’ out.”

Doctors say that 80% of the outer part of Mr Roy’s skull has now hardened, and they expect him to be completely cured in about three months’ time. – bbc

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