x ray of screw inside toddler's body.
(photo credit: Schneider Children’s Medical Center)
A sharp, 3.5 centimeter-long screw swallowed by a toddler, which could have
punctured his stomach and other organs, was removed in emergency procedure under
general anesthesia on Sunday at Schneider Children’s Medical Center in Petah
The three-year-old boy had found the piece of metal while playing.
Dr. Noam Zavit, a senior gastroenterologist at the hospital, said if it had not
been removed rapidly and with much care and skill, it could have caused
hemorrhaging and other serious complications.
The boy’s older brother
alerted their parents that the screw had been swallowed. Rushed to the
hospital, the toddler was examined by Zavit, who used a tiny “basket” to pick up
the screw and pull it out through the esophagus and throat.
months ago, the same team pulled an open safety pin from the throat of an
“It is fortunate that this three-year-old did not
suffer long-term damage,” he concluded.