Peru doctors save toddler who swallowed eight medical needles

Peru doctors save toddler who swallowed eight medical needles
# 13 September 2023 05:19 (UTC +04:00)

Doctors in northeastern Peru saved the life of a 2-year-old boy who had swallowed eight injection needles while playing, APA reports citing Reuters.

"It was once we were in the operating room and we opened up his abdomen that we found those metal pieces, (and realized) they were really needles," Dr. Efrain Salazar said.

Local media reported that the needles were used to vaccinate farm animals where the boy's mother works.

The boy, whose name was not revealed, lives in agricultural area of Taratopo, some 622 kilometers (386 miles) from capital Lima.

"Maybe he swallowed them when he was there playing," the boy's mother said.

The boy's life was not at risk following surgery, local media added.

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