A Mountlake Terrace, Wash., teenager accidentally swallowed a piece of grill brush wire while eating, which ultimately got stuck in his intestines â€“ â€œstabbing him from the inside out,â€� The Seattle Times reported.
It all happened innocently enough.
â€œSomehow, one of the tiny, hair-like wires got stuck in one of the grills in the barbecue, and in a one-in-a million chance, it got stuck in a piece of chicken that I ate and made it most of the way through my body,â€� Tristin Beck, 16, told The Seattle Times from his hospital bed.
Tristin explained the wire became stuck in his intestines, and â€œbasically started stabbing me from the inside out.â€�
Tristin said he came to the Seattle Childrenâ€™s Hospital when intense stomach cramps turned to vomiting and his symptoms worsened. When doctors couldnâ€™t find anything wrong after running tests, they turned to exploratory surgery and found the culprit.
Doctors said heâ€™ll make a full recovery, but one expert said this is just one example of a common and life-threatening incident.
A paper published in the Center for Disease Control and Preventionâ€™s Morbidity and Mortality Report acknowledged six similar cases in Rhode Island during a two-year period.
Dr. David Grand, author of the paper and a radiologist at Rhode Island Hospital, said such incidents are thought to be uncommon, since doctors often remove wire without realizing it might have come from a grill brush.
Experts say swallowing a brush bristle can cause puncturing anywhere along the digestive tract.
â€œWe were very scared, we were very freaked out,â€� Tristinâ€™s mother, Beth, told the Times. â€œHe could have died.â€�
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