(photo credit: Illustrative photo/Recycling Supply)
Hospital doctors are used to treating patients of all ages who swallow or inhale
a wide variety of foreign objects, from safety pins to toothbrushes.
so, pediatricians at Western Galilee Hospital in Nahariya were astounded this
week that a three-and-a-half-year-old girl had managed to push a button- sized
electric battery into her genitalia, apparently while playing.
mother, who lives with her family in the Galilee, noted that secretions were
coming from the toddler’s vagina and that she began to suffer from fever,
stomach pains and a worm infestation. She took her to her community health fund
clinic and was told by her pediatrician that the girl apparently suffered from a
viral infection, which would pass in a few days. But when the problems
continued, she took her to the Nahariya hospital’s emergency room.
didn’t have a clue what was wrong,” the mother said.
The child underwent
numerous tests. Dr. Leah Even of the pediatrics department said that the vaginal
secretions had the color of feces, and the odor raised suspicion that a hole had
been formed between the vagina and the intestine as a result of trauma. Working
with gynecologists, they examined her in the operating room and were shocked to
see signs of an infection caused by a rusty battery – which they then removed –
that the child had apparently inserted while playing and about which she had not
told her parents.
Even said parents should always be on alert, and if
children suddenly show changed behavior along with fever, diarrhea, vomiting or
stomach pains, they should go immediately for medical consultation.
symptoms could be caused by foreign objects in the body and lead to a severe
infection, especially in young children, she added.
“I don’t know where
the battery came from or how long it was inside, but I thank the hospital staff
for their speedy diagnosis and action that prevented irreversible damage,” the