Surprise needle

Young child who swallowed a needle, unknown to the parents. The parents presented the child to the ER after the mother noticed the needle protruding sharp end first from the peri-anal region. After an uneventful transit through the intestinal tract, feces in the rectum had forced the needle through the tissues as the child was attempting to defecate.

  • Angie Price 8y

    Bloody hell!!!!!!!!!!!! Brilliant!
  • tmod 8y

    absolutely unebelievable!
  • nels1 7y

    sorry this is a bit off topic Surfactant, but i just saw this article today and thought you'd be interested in the x-rays from this child.
  • Surfactant 7y

    Thanks, Nels. I've been forwarding your link out all day. BTW, I heard late today that the surgery was successful.
  • nels1 7y

    pleasure Surfactant...i thought you might've found it as fascinating as i did! and that's great to hear that the surgery went well too! :)
  • Jeff 7y

    I don't know if I can say ouch enough to convey how much I think that would hurt.
  • Ben S 7y

    did they not do exploratory abd surgery to make sure there were no perfs? it amazes me a needle could have made it that far without sticking!
  • The.Graeme 7y

    Exploratory abd surgery? As in, "Excuse me ma'am, we'd like to cut massive holes in your son's stomach to see if there are any little holes in there..."?
    I just can't believe how lucky that kid got. Imagine the needle got stuck thru the ileo-caecal sphincter instead. They would have no idea anything was wrong until after serious infection set in.
  • Surfactant 7y

    Exactly. When the child was initially seen, there were no obvious signs of other perforation higher in the intestinal tract. The needle is simply pulled out, the wound is cleaned, you check the rectum for blood and visually look at it with an anoscope. Antibiotics are given. Have a nice day.
  • Mr. Sinistrus 7y

  • DrPix 7y

    OMG...my daughter had blockage due to hardened feces once..and I thought that was bad...yikes...
  • IcYYYY 7y

    hahahahahaha
  • Tom Steele 7y

    The joys of parenting. I think that is a PIN, not a needle. A needle could have just been pulled through.
  • cv_eh 7y

    That'd be a hell of a thing to find upon DRE..
  • budderflyman 7y

    Looks like this kid is full of gas.
  • Francesco De Rosa 7y

    hai!!
  • Rob Morgan 7y

    "Oh my god" is right.
  • "Mama" Stella Auren 4y

    OWW! OH MY GOD! I hope the littlie was given something for pain! (???)
  • grafficartistg4 4y

    ouch, ouch and more ouch, yikes, hopefully it turned out well
  • Yuvan O'Hara 2y

    Wowww...pull my finger...!!!!
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