By Tracy You For Mailonline
Published: 13:31 BST, 13 June 2019 | Updated: 13:37 BST, 13 June 2019
Surgeons have removed 7,750 stones from a woman's gallbladder in a single operation, according to a Chinese hospital.
Medics claimed that the stones were most likely caused by the fact that the 54-year-old patient didn't like drinking water or having breakfast.
It is said that some of the stones were as large as quail eggs, and many of them were about the size of mung beans.
The stones were removed from the woman recently in a three-hour operation in Wuhan, China
The three-hour operation recently took place at the Wuhan Jingdu Stone Hospital in Wuhan, the capital of central China's Hubei Province.
The woman, known as Ms He, said she had been found to have 'several' gallstones seven years ago, but could not undergo surgery due to high blood pressure.
She recently went to the hospital after suffering from 'unbearable' pain in her abdomen.
She said she was shocked to discover that the number of her gallstones had increased rapidly to thousands.
'I didn't know I should have had so many stones,' the woman told a reporter from Hubei TV Station.
The 54-year-old woman (pictured) said she rarely drank water or eat breakfast. She was shocked to be told she had thousands of gallstones after suffering from pain in her abdomen
Shen Zhangyi, the director of the hospital who conducted the surgery, said he had never seen so many stones in one patient.
He said the stones could have led to life-threatening complications in Ms He.
He explained that if the smaller stones had gone into Ms He's bile duct, she might develop serious conditions such as jaundice and acute pancreatitis.
Gallstones, formed in the gallbladder, are tiny crystals usually made of cholesterol.
According to NHS, people who are overweight and over 40 years old, especially females, are more likely to suffer from gallstones.