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AIIMS doctors conduct medical tests on girl with stone tears

Written by: Staff

New Delhi, Aug 30 (UNI) Doctors at All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) have not found ''any problem in the eyes'' of a teenaged girl, who rolls down stones instead of tears, and have begun extensive medical tests on her to ascertain the reason for the ''mysterious ailment''.

Savitri Kumari, (13), a resident of Hazaribagh in Jharkhand, started ''weeping stones'' about two years ago and has since undergone surgery in Ranchi to correct the condition.

''There is nothing in the patient's eyes that can lead to stone formation. As of now her eyes have no problem. We are conducting a series of tests, including ENT and psychological analysis,'' Dr J S Titiyal, Professor in AIIMS Rajendra Prasad Centre of Ophthalmology told UNI.

He said a full chemical analysis of stones will also be carried out to ascertain their composition.

Savitri, who has been admitted to the institute for the next two-three days for investigation, will also be undergoing psychological assessment.

''This is the first ever case of its kind... we have to be sure of all the aspects. Children her age tend to do extraordinary things to attarct attention, therefore psychological assessment,'' will be done he explained.

Dr Titiyal said the patient has been kept under observation in the hospital.

Savitri's father Ganesh Ram, a mason, has claimed that stones would sometimes roll down even from her ears, nose and mouth.

''We examined her ears too, there was lot of wax but I did not find any stones in them. There is a need for blood investigation to rule out the possibility of high calcium content, ENT (Ear, Nose and Throat) check up is also required,'' Dr Titiyal said.

The Ophthalmologist said the patient had brought stones of different colours and these would be send to the AIIMS laboratory for investigations.

Savitri, who dropped out out of class seven because of her painful condition, will be treated free of cost at the world renowned healthcare institute.

''We will not charge anything. This is an interesting case for us too,'' AIIMS spokesperson Shakti Kumar Gupta said, ''I had asked them to bring the girl to Delhi. We have high-tech investigation facilities available. We would like to investigate and treat her too,'' he added.


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