Warning over fake piercing magnet craze
Two children needed life-saving surgery after accidentally swallowing powerful magnetic balls which are being used to mimic body piercings in a new craze.
One of the youngsters, Freddie Webster, 12, had to have part of his bowel removed as the tiny balls were ripping a hole in the wall of his stomach.
A third child, aged four, also swallowed the balls but managed to pass them out of the body naturally.
The consultant who saw them has warned parents to be aware of the new craze.
All three youngsters have been treated at Hull Royal Infirmary over the past three months.
The ball-bearing magnets are understood to have become a craze among children who use them as pretend piercings on areas such as their mouth or tongue.
However, doctors have warned if swallowed, they can cause serious damage by burrowing into the stomach and intestines.
In Freddie’s case, he had put one of the 3mm diameter balls inside his mouth and the other outside but accidentally swallowed it.
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