Mother’s hair nearly leads to gangrene of baby’s big toe

February 23, 2010 17:28


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An eight-month-old baby had to be treated for an injured big toe after a hair from his mother’s head accidentally became wound around the digit, cutting off blood supply.

After removing the hair to stop the swelling of the toe, which was blue from lack of oxygenated blood, doctors at Rehovot’s Kaplan Medical Center gave the baby antibiotics. 

The mother said the toe was so swollen that she was unable to remove the hair. If it had been left there much longer, gangrene would have set in and the toe may have had to be amputated, pediatricians said.

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