Assam: 35-year school dropout conducts surgeries with shaving blade

Guwahati, Jun 24 : A 35-year high school dropout in backward Nagaon district of Assam has drawn national notoriety after it surfaced that it emerged that she had used a shaving blade to operate upon two women with gall bladder stones and appendicitis.

After the matter came to notice of authorities, officials from state health department raided the makeshift chamber of Manowara Khatun in Juria village, the same place where the she had performed both of her surgeries.

Though her patients have confirmed that they were operated upon by Khatun, she refused to admit to the charges when interrogated by officials.

Remarkably as it may sound, both of her patients are said to be hale and hearty now, weeks after the operation.

Khatun said she has been prescribing medicines after dropping out of high school but never tried surgery until recently.

Assam health minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said stern action would be taken against Khatun if found guilty of medical malpractice. A Nagaon district health officer said, "We have not yet found anything to suggest she performed surgeries."