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Doctors pull a 4 pound hairball from a girl's stomach

Reports suggest that the 19-year-old girl had a habit of munching her hair - and chalk - during class hours.
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Doctors in India said that they pulled a four pound hairball caked in chalk out of a girl's stomach. The girl apparently ate her hair and chalk during school hours to pass the time. (Maharaja Yeshwantrao Hospital/Courtesy)

A girl in India had a four pound hairball removed from her stomach by doctors in Indore, a city in western India.

Reports suggest that the 19-year-old girl had a habit of munching her hair - and chalk - during class hours, said the Daily News.

The surgeon involved in the case said that it was a rather rare case of something - in this case, chalky hair - getting stuck between the stomach and the small intestine.

The obstacle likely caused the girl serious pain and an inability to eat.

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NDTV reported that the object was caked in chalk which made it harden and form a ball (see disturbing photo).

Apparently, the operation was a success and the girl is doing fine.

It is still unclear whether her parents have forced her to get a haircut but we hope.

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