A jilted wife swallowed $7,000 in US dollars in a desperate bid to hide the cash from her husband after she discovered he had cheated on her. Colombian Sandra Milena Almeida swallowed the rolls of $100 notes in a ‘fit of rage’, according to the surgeons who removed the cash.
The woman had reportedly hidden the cash, which was saved up for a holiday, in the couple’s home.
But, after discovering her partner’s infidelity she was going to use it to leave him and gulped down the rolled-up notes whole in a bid to hide them.
The next day Ms Almeida, from Piedecuesta, northeastern Colombia, was rushed to hospital with severe abdominal pains.
She did not tell doctors about the money, but x-rays showed dozens of 3cm-long objects in her stomach and intestine.
Doctors at the Santander University Hospital in Bucaramanga managed to save $5,700 after cleaning and drying out the notes in the operating theatre.
Juan Pablo Serrano, chief surgeon at the hospital, said his first they thought was that Ms Almeida was a drugs mule as the objects in the X-ray images were similar to bags of narcotics.