When I was younger (think ~8 years old) I used to eat paper towels. Why? I have no fucking idea, maybe I enjoyed the papery texture as it scraped down my throat, but more likely I was just a freaky little weirdo. However, like most freaky little weirdoes I grew out of doing freaky little weirdo shit…for the most part. Some people don’t grow out of it though. Take for example Ayperi Alekseeva from Kyrgyzstan, who wouldn’t stop eating the hair from her head and whatever hair she could find on the floor.
Now I know what you’re thinking: “What the fuck is a Kyrgyzstan?” Don’t be embarrassed; I can’t even spell it without using copy and paste. But for those of you who are curious where this fairy-land bullshit not-real country is, here you go:
It’s basically Kazakhstan’s butt.
What were we talking about before this? Oh yeah, 9 lb. hairballs. Yum.
Ayperi Alekseeva, 18, from Kyrgyzstan, suffered months of dehydration and malnourishment because she couldn’t eat or drink, and came close to death.
But when doctors in the capital city of Bishkek cut open her stomach, they found a giant mass formed from years of eating her own hair and hair picked up from the floor.
Professor Bahadir Bebezov, senior professor of surgery at Bishkek Hospital, said: “By the time we got her she could not even drink water. We realised we needed to operate immediately.
“It was actually the only alternative – nothing else would solve the problem. In fact her stomach was so badly swollen from hair and bits of wool from the carpet that it literally just oozed out soon as the wall of the stomach was cut…”
The compulsive eating of hair is called Trichophagia, and if left unchecked it can even develop into Rapunzel Syndrome, in which a hairball develops a ‘tail’ which trails down into the lower intestine.
Ms Alekseeva will be go home with her parents at the end of the week, and has promised to stop chewing on her hair.
“BUT WHERE’S THE PICTURE?!! YOU PROMISED US A PICTURE IN THE TITLE!!!” you incoherently scream at your monitor as you begin to sporadically launch any object within reach through the air in anger. Don’t worry, I didn’t forget about you sick fucks who have a fetish for weird Internet photos! Here you go:
To add to this fuck-uppery of a post, doesn’t it remind you of that thing from Splice?