Europe:The unidentified man had ingested a packet of dollar bills before embarking on his treacherous journey to the Netherlands.
Dutch doctors found the stash of money after he presented himself with symptoms of intense stomach pain, nausea and vomiting.
The 32-year-old was forced to undergo surgery to have the lump removed from this abdomen, experts wrote in the BMJ Case Reports.
Despite being submerged in stomach acid, the notes, which had a rough value of £1,395 ($1,807), were all still intact and considered in a good condition.
They said: ‘This is one of the many cases that illustrate the hopeless circumstances people in the Middle-Eastern warzone are currently facing.’
The patient, who was only able to speak a specific dialect of Arabic, struggled to communicate his symptoms with the doctors.
The team at the Leids Universitair Medisch Centrum, Leiden, were left with no option but to hire a local translator to quiz the man about his previous medical history.
During this conversation, it was revealed that he had swallowed 26 notes with a value of before setting off on his journey.
It was later found that he done this solely out of fear he would be burgled by other refugees seeking safety during his travels.
An abdominal X-ray and a CT scan were performed and revealed the exact location of the ingested money in his stomach.
Despite being submerged in stomach acid, the 26 bills were all intact and still considered in a good condition after being removed by an opening in his stomach
But a gastroscopy proved unsuccessful, forcing the doctors to instead cut a hole in his stomach to manually pull out the wad of cash.
This method worked, allowing them to remove the packet of rolled bills in a ‘partially torn’ rubber packaging.
Doctors said the patient was ‘clearly relieved’ on receiving his money back, as he had been concerned that it would be taken away from him.
The man, who had lost two fingers due to a bomb blast in his home country, was assessed by social services during his hospital stay.
It is unsure where the man is currently, but it is believed officials allowed him to travel onto Germany, like he had planned, to stay with acquaintances.
The doctors added: ‘It is very common for refugees to swallow their money or valuable belongings before their journey to another place or country, fearing burglary and theft.’
HOW DEADLY IS THE JOURNEY OF THE REFUGEE TO EUROPE?
UN figures suggest that a refugee faces a 2.5 per cent chance of death crossing the Mediterranean Sea (stock)
Since the conflict in Syria began back in 2012, nearly five million people are reported to have escaped the country.
Many refugees fleeing the war-zone have their hearts set on reaching the shores of mainland Europe, with the promise of safety.
But to get that far, they, alongside other asylum seekers from countries such as Afghanistan, Iraq and Nigeria, often have to set sail across the Mediterranean Sea.
Out of desperation to escape, many pile together to journey over on tiny boats that are ill-equipped with safety equipment.
However, many drown before they reach Greece, Italy, Spain and Cyprus due to the occasional rough seas, some succumb to hypothermia.
Out of the 59,000 refugees who have made the journey to European shores by boat already this year, some 1,520 have died or are still missing.
The figures, which are collated by the UN, suggest that someone faces a 2.5 per cent chance of death should they embark on such a passing.