A gold ring was found lodged in the respiratory tract of a 73-year-old man who was taken to hospital with cough.
Joseph Varkey, a native of Muvattupuzha, had lost his ring six days ago. His relatives thought Mr. Varkey, who has dementia, must have misplaced it. When he developed uncontrollable cough, they took him to a doctor, where an X-ray revealed the ‘cause’ of the cough.
He was immediately referred to the Ernakulam Medical Centre where a team led by ENT specialist V.D. Pradeep Kumar did a bronchoscopy to recover the ring. ENT specialist Sunil George, anaesthetists Marukesh Sukumar and Mathew Varghese were part of the team.