Hijab pin 311.
(photo credit: (Courtesy Schneider Children’s Medical Center))
A “pearl”-topped hat pin that a 17-year old girl held between her teeth to
arrange her hijab was extricated from her stomach at Schneider Children’s
Medical Center after she accidentally swallowed it.
The girl was saved
from bleeding and serious complications last week. The girl rushed to the
emergency room of the Petah Tikva hospital. She told the doctors that when she
was fixing her hijab and held the pin in her mouth, she saw an insect climbing
on the wall that scared her and led to her swallow the roundheaded
Under general anesthetic the pin was carefully pulled out of her
stomach and into her throat with a “noose” holding the head of the pin. The
doctors used a special implement to remove it completely. She quickly
recovered and was discharged to her home in good condition.
Zabit said the phenomenon of Muslim women and girls swallowing pins is quite
common. In most cases, the pin passes through the digestive system without
complications, but it can sometimes cause bleeding, pain and infection, he said.