Prof. Braverman with hat pin and patient 370.
(photo credit: Courtesy Hillel Jaffe Medical Center)
A 16-year-old girl who inhaled a 3.5-centimeter-long sharp hat pin while
laughing was rescued by doctors at Hillel Jaffe Medical Center in Hadera on
The teen, from Baka al-Gharbiya, was treated by Associate
Prof. Yitzhak Braverman, head of the Ear, Nose and Throat and Head and Neck
Surgery Unit, who pulled the pin out of her vocal cords where it was stuck and
nearly blocked her trachea.
She had worn the pin to hold her head scarf
and held the sharp object in her mouth to reorder the scarf. Suddenly, she
inhaled the pin when she laughed. Braverman was alerted and asked to come in
because of the very problematic location of the pin and at an angle that made it
likely that it could fall into her trachea. The procedure of inserting an
opticfiber endoscope was performed under local anesthetic and Braverman managed
to pull it out.
Braverman said it wasn’t the first time that he
encountered such an incident. He recommended that when women arrange their
scarves not to hold pins in their mouths. The same is true for bobby pins. In
some cases, general anesthesia is needed for surgery, which could end in death.