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07-17-2006, 05:44 AM
Hundreds of people have gathered in a hospital in India to see a patient who is holding a piece of his own skull.

The lump of bone fell off the man's head after an accident involving high voltage electricity cables.

The 25-year-old electrician was trying to fix the cables when he was electrocuted and his head severely burned.

Part of his skull later became starved of blood and the bone later fell away.

"When he came to us late last year, his scalp was completely burnt and within months it came off exposing the skull," said surgeon Ratan Lal Bandyopadhyay.

"Later, we noticed that the part of his skull was loosening due to lack of blood supply to the affected area, which can happen in such extensive burn cases."

The piece came off on Sunday and hundreds of people and dozens of doctors now crowd around his bed in the Calcutta hospital to view the injury.

Mr Bandyopadhyay said the skull's inner covering and the membrane which helps produce bone was unaffected, allowing fresh bone to grow.

"When the skull came off, I thought he will die, but we noticed a new covering on his head forming and that might have pushed the 'dead skull' out," he said.

Such cases are extremely rare, doctors say.

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